Victor Solomon – “Literally Balling” @ Joseph Gross Gallery

The Joseph Gross Gallery is pleased to present LITERALLY BALLING – a collection of new works by Victor Solomon. We invite you to join us for the opening reception Thursday February 25th from 6-9pm. Detailed information and artist statement after the jump!

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Literally Balling, Solomon’s first solo exhibition in New York, features six of his signature stained glass basketball backboards. He elegantly balances wit, irony and fastidious craftsmanship in exploration of a host of disparate narratives: the religious devotion to sport, the athlete as modern-day king of court, the proletarian drift of basketball from project pick-up games to newfound cultural heights, even a cautionary comment on the fragility of luxury.

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For Solomon, the medium is the message and despite having never had worked with stained glass before, he apprenticed for a year under Bay Area glass masters to realize this process-specific concept. The result is a gorgeous and evocative appropriation of basketball iconography, rendered with an athlete’s discipline: Solomon spends over 100 hours on each piece.

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With Literally Balling, Solomon also explores new methods with an adroit harmony between comedy and commentary: gilded basketballs neatly organized in cannonball-style pyramid, trophies cordoned off by velvet rope and a series of jersey’s in re-cut Coogi sweater and chain mail.

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