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Fluctuate #6

printed 2014


Jack Ball


1986 –

  • Details

    printed 2014
    Media category
    Materials used
    inkjet print
    1/3, edition of 3 + 2 AP
    210.0 x 140.0 cm; 217.5 x 148.5 x 6.5cm frame
    Viktoria Marinov Bequest Fund 2014
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Jacqueline Ball

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    Jack Ball

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  • About

    Similar to collection artists Saskia Olde Wolbers or Ronnie van Hout, Jack Ball constructs sculptures from cardboard, clay, wax, plaster, metal and paint which they then theatrically light and photograph. This process is lengthy; Ball shoots and rearranges these models multiple times to achieve the desired formal tension.

    Once transformed into very large rag prints, Ball’s sculptural models become ambiguous. Their photographs tend to create a wall of rich texture, which in the case of ‘Fluctuate’ focuses on fleshy purple, pink and red tones. Ball conjures both a sense of bodily intimacy and foreign grandeur through the interplay of differing scales and surfaces. The models they fabricate and the resulting photographs are often geometric and abstract, yet they use them to invoke ideas around organic growth and decay. Inspired by the work of collection artist Pat Brassington, Ball produces a similar sense of disorientation through manipulation of forms and textures. It intrinsically points to the difficulty of perfectly clear, singular perception.

    In order to achieve the crisp, luscious print result visible in the ‘Fluctuate’ series, Ball stitches 3 images together, each of very high quality. This enables the level of detail and depth evident in the prints and is further enhanced by the artist’s insistence on the finest quality paper, Hahnemühle photo rag.

    ‘Fluctuate #6’ is of the scale of a domestic doorway, which enhances our corporeal experience of the work. In suggesting this movement inwards and outwards, the photograph also mimics a lens. These openings delineate other realities and momentarily allow the viewer access to them, before reminding us of their wholly constructed nature.

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication