SPORTSVERGNÜGEN - Artists Working in Various Media Inspired by Team Sports
Group Show curated by D. Dominick Lombardi and Augustus Goertz
With Works by Gennadi Barbush, Ryan Cronin, Chris Dimino, Don Doe, Cary Leibowitz (Candyass), D.Dominick Lombardi, Ray Materson, Tony Petracca, Tyson Reeder, Karen Shaw, Lewis Smith and Robert Yoder
Exhibition Dates: September 16- January 29, 2016
Opening Reception: Friday, December 16, 5:30- 8:30 PM
In Memory of the Players and the Staff of the Brazilian Club Chapecoense, the Sports Journalists and All Friends of the Sport who perished on their way to the 1st leg of the Copa Sudamericana Final in Columbia.
Lichtundfire is happy to announce SPORTSVERGNÜGEN, a tightly weaved group show curated by D. Dominick Lombardi and Augustus Goertz, and comprised of works in various media, inspired by Team Sports.
Essay by D. Dominick Lombardi:
Visual art and sports rarely mix well. Most can mention any number of successful sports related films, songs, plays and books, a list that I began to write but saw no end to it so I gave up and moved on. Yet, for the visual arts, there are a few classic works that measure up to perhaps the greatest sports related work of art: Myron’s Discobolus (Discus Thrower) (450 B.C.E.), to George Bellows iconic Dempsy and Firpo (1924), or, in more recent times, Catherine Opie’s poignant photographic portraits of High School, American Football players.
When I googled (under the images menu) “sports related fine art” the first thing that came up was three old naked guys playing golf, followed by a bunch of Leroy Neiman paintings or art inspired by Leroy Neiman paintings, plus lots of very slick sports-action photographs - not the best work for an edgy contemporary art exhibition.
For this exhibition, Augustus Goertz and I have searched our memories and databases to find artists who have created a number of contemporary works that break the mold of the lowest common denominator, sport related art. With our selections of sculpture, painting, collages, needlework and objects, we hope to challenge the viewer to see past the over commercialized and commoditized sports world to find a more complex and expansive reality that lies beyond the money and marketability.
Sure, few artists care to admit they have an interest in sports yet there are some that see it like any other aspect of popular culture: a starting point to create.
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