Victor Solomon’s Literally Balling

Victor Solomon’s series “Literally Balling” capitalizes on the level of cultural dominance achieved by the sport of basketball and its stars. By recreating basketball hoops and backboards with appropriated luxury materials he satirizes the religious devotion to the sport while simultaneously commenting on the fragility of luxury.

Victor Solomon’s Literally Balling

How Can I Not, stained glass, wood, 24k gold, Swarovski crystals

The artist’s examination of basketball as class vehicle appropriates the sport’s universally attainable iconography and embellishes their production with antiquated processes (Solomon utilizes his year-long apprenticeship under the last remaining stained-glass master) historically reserved for the elite.

Promise Land I, detail

The sport’s iconic symbol is recreated with rare materials such as hand-crafted stained glass, 24k gold plating and Swarovski Crystals, that represent opulence, wealth and power. The result is a balance of wit, irony and craftsmanship that speak to 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.

Weaving the Swarovski Crystals

Forever Or Never
2016, Hand-ground, lead soldered glass, acrylic and maple frame, 24K gold plated hoop, Swarovski crystal; 44 x 40 x 18 inch, Edition of 5

Another Bag
2016, Hand-ground, lead soldered glass, acrylic and maple frame, 24K gold plated hoop, Swarovski crystal; 44 x 40 x 18 inch, Edition of 5

Mono Flow
2016, Hand-ground, lead soldered glass, acrylic and maple frame, 24K gold plated hoop, Swarovski crystal; 44 x 40 x 18 inch, Edition of 5

Too Much Sauce
2016, Hand-ground, lead soldered glass, acrylic and maple frame, 24K gold plated hoop, Swarovski crystal; 44 x 40 x 18 inch, Edition of 5

Better Living
2016, Hand-ground, lead soldered glass, acrylic and maple frame, 24K gold plated hoop, Swarovski crystal; 44 x 40 x 18 inch, Edition of 5

Promise Land I
2016, Hand-ground, lead soldered glass, acrylic and maple frame, 24K gold plated hoop, Swarovski crystal; 44 x 40 x 18 inch, Edition of 3

Promise Land II
2016, Hand-ground, lead soldered glass, acrylic and maple frame, 24K gold plated hoop, Swarovski crystal; 44 x 40 x 18 inch, Edition of 3

Promise Land III
2016, Hand-ground, lead soldered glass, acrylic and maple frame, 24K gold plated hoop, Swarovski crystal; 44 x 40 x 18 inch, Edition of 3

Promised Land prints available now at here

Earlier pieces from the series:

We Skrong Then, 2015, glass, mirror, lead, 24k gold, steel, wood and crystal, 40 x 44 x 20
You Know I Gotta Show Out, 2015

Literally Balling ‘Zine “Volume 1”
2016, 5 laser etched brass plates, set stones, gold leaf, leather cord; 6 x 8 x 1 inch, Edition of 20

Artist Victor Solomon

Literally Balling

The above pieces are available, with price upon request at Guy Hepner Gallery.

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