Nasher Sculpture Center presents Barry X Ball: "Remaking Sculpture" opening day
Nasher Sculpture Center will present Barry X Ball: "Remaking Sculpture." The exhibition will be the first in the United States to survey more than 20 years of the highly technical but classically-inspired work of the New York artist.
Since 1997, Ball has adapted innovative technologies and traditional techniques to make work that pushes the physical and conceptual boundaries of sculpture. The artist reinvents traditional sculptural formats and existing art historical landmarks using state-of-the-art, 3-D digital scanning technology, computer-aided design software and CNC milling machines, in combination with centuries-old craft techniques requiring thousands of hours of detailed handwork. Rendered in semi-precious materials such as Belgian Black marble, Golden Honeycomb calcite, and Mexican and Iranian onyx, Ball takes advantage of the unique properties of each, allowing irregularities and flaws in the stones to complicate the surfaces and suggest natural deterioration or destructive intervention.
"Remaking Sculpture" will feature a selection of works from the two main series that have occupied him the past two decades, Portraits and Masterpieces, to be installed in the light-filled upstairs gallery at the Nasher. The exhibition will be on display through April 19.