7 Artists Smashing Our Expectations of What Marble Can Be
Barry X Ball takes the forms and production methods of traditional sculpture and weds them to contemporary technologies. Ball uses the CNC milling technique, mostly on stone, to create replicable copies of famous artworks and portrait busts of contemporary artists such as Matthew Barney. With this production method, the sculptor transforms stone—a material once considered the domain of originals—into a medium for editioned works. By recreating iconic art-historical pieces such as Umberto Boccioni’s Unique Forms of Continuity in Space (1913), Ball strives to perfect the original, refine its various facets into a new material, and raise questions about casting and the role of authorship in sculpture.
American, b. 1955, Pasadena, CA, United States, based in New York, NY, United States