Jeff Koons is one of those artists that always managed to surprise, to shock his audience or make them wonder what he wishes to express through his art forms, and also managed to become one of the most successful contemporary artists. His artworks do not have complicated shapes, but they are often a mix of what seems to be a random choice of elements.
Or, they may fall into the other extreme, where they are extremely simple shapes, like balloon animals. What is representative in the art of Jeff Koons is the presence of lively colors. No matter how simple an artwork may be, it is not made by Koons if it doesn’t contain fragments that are painted in bright colors. Also, he enjoys using a broad range of materials in his works, making many people consider his art a kitsch.
The latest art collection of the artist is currently displayed at the Gagosian Gallery, in New York, being available for viewing until the 23rd of December. Koons managed to surprise us this time as well, with his idea of taking classical pieces of art and associating them with a gazing ball. The collection, named Gazing Ball, is represented by the presence of a bright blue glazing ball in any of the displayed artworks, depicting classical themes. Now, for someone that is not familiar with Koons’s work, the exhibition may seem to be hard to understand. What is the connection between classic art and a gazing ball? There isn’t too much deciphering to do when it comes to the work of this artist because he stated on many occasions that his art does not contain hidden messages. Still, he must have had some artistic view when he created the present collection.
An attempt at explaining this particular collection would be the entwining of present times with the long gone periods in which the classical artworks existed. When someone is near the glazing ball, he or she can see themselves in the ball, together with the surrounding environment.
Since the ball is placed in front of a classical painting, the viewer has the impression of being integrated into the painting. Or, yet again, it may be another apprehended way of putting his colored imprint on some artistic ideas, in this case being the classical works of art. Is this art or is it not? Most certainly the answer will be in the eyes of the beholder, and how he will manage to digest it through his own perspective. Koons will never end to shock the art enthusiastic audience, not only with his work but also with the fact that he is highly appreciated and successful.
Apparently, the modern society accepts the idea of non-conformism and originality, regardless how it arrives. If you wish to be intrigued, don’t forget to stop by the Gagosian Gallery, and have your conception of contemporary art be changed.