Play Offs
July 11, 2008, 11:54 pm
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Dario Escobar
May 22nd – July 3rd, 2008
Josee Bienvenu Gallery
529 West 20th St., New York, NY

“In Play Offs, the artist pursues his ongoing investigation of the semiotics of the object in the arena of sports. Confiscated, manipulated and reconfigured, sport objects stop being part of identifiable structures to become symbols that question the dynamics of power and challenge notions such as competition, success and failure, virility, social status, and national pride.” – Play Offs 2008

In this exhibition, Guatemalan Artist Dario Escobar transforms recreational objects into sculptural forms, in most cases rendering their former functions obsolete. Several crippled skateboards adorn the floor in various contortions, accompanied by tennis balls turned to disks, a flaccid-looking baseball bat, two carved decks of cards, a deformed ping-pong raquet, bike tires clinging to the walls like vines, and pool queues forming a skeletal tepee surrounded by scattered pool balls. Two walls display groupings of baseball bats, individually lacquered with automotive paint, simulating flames commonly painted on cars. On another wall hang framed oil stains collected from leaking cars.

Escobar transforms objects that are revered by society for the excitement and trill of competition, agility, and speed, depriving them of their use and inviting the viewer to look at them objectively.


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