Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Kurt Perschke

Kurt Perschke is an artist with balls. Big red balls. Okay, now I’ve got my double entendre snigger out of the way, let me tell you about Kurt.

Better still, here are some commentaries from his website at:
Kurt Perschke is an artist who works in sculpture, video, collage and public space. His most acclaimed work, RedBall Project, is a traveling public art project that has taken place in Abu Dhabi, Taipei, Perth, England, Barcelona, St. Louis, Korea, Portland, Sydney, Arizona, Chicago and Toronto, and received a National Award from Americans for the Arts Public Art Network. RedBall has been avidly followed by the media, appearing in over one hundred media outlets including magazines, television, newspaper and radio.In addition to RedBall, Perschke has completed commissions for several institutions including The Museum of Contemporary Art Barcelona, the Vienna Technical Museum, and the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis. His video work has been screened in Europe and the US, and at the Bronx Museum during his time as an AIM Fellow. Born in Chicago, Kurt Perschke has also lived in the Virgin Islands, St. Louis, Vienna, and Cairo, Egypt. He currently lives and works in New York City.

The RedBall Project : Artist Statement 
“ Through the RedBall Project I utilize my opportunity as an artist to be a catalyst for new encounters within the everyday. Through the magnetic, playful, and charismatic nature of the RedBall the work is able to access the imagination embedded in all of us. On the surface, the experience seems to be about the ball itself as an object, but the true power of the project is what it can create for those who experience it. It opens a doorway to imagine what if?As RedBall travels around the world people approach me on the street with excited suggestions about where to put it in their city. In that moment the person is not a spectator but a participant in the act of imagination. I have witnessed it across continents, diverse age spans, cultures, and languages, always issuing an invitation. That invitation to engage, to collectively imagine, is the true essence of the RedBall Project. The larger arc of the project is how each city responds to that invitation and, over time, what the developing story reveals about our individual and cultural imagination.” 
- Kurt Perschke 
Here are pics of Kurt’s big balls on display around the world (sorry, couldn’t resist that one) . . .

Nahhh, I'm just messing with you, that’s a Powerball ad

Red Ball gives you wings . . . sorry, another one I couldn't resist saying

Kidding again, those are snooker balls

More kidding, this is an ad for Red Nose Day

. . . and that's from Wipeout.

Still, is it any more strange than Christo wrapping Little Bay, NSW in fabric in 1968 . . . 

Now there's a thought for a future Bytes post.

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