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Modern Art Monday Presents: Hank Willis Thomas, Liberty

Liberty
Liberty (2015): Fiberglass with Chameleon Auto Paint Finish (Photo By Gail)

In Liberty, Hank Willis Thomas renders a two-dimensional image as a three dimensional sculpture — modeled after an original photograph that appeared in Life Magazine in 1986, which featured a Harlem Globetrotter in front of the Statue of Liberty, spinning a basketball on his finger. Interested in popular culture, photographic history and sports as a metaphor for individual and collective struggle, Thomas created a life-size sculpture of the moment by casting the arm of retired NBA All-Star, Juwan Howard.

Liberty is part of Thomas’s Punctum series, which draws inspiration from the French philosopher Roland Barthes’s idea of the punctum: that “element which rises from the [photographic] scene, shoots out of it like an arrow, and pierces,” Using this concept as his foundation, Thomas selects a specific area of an image and re-presents it as Sculpture. Through cropping and isolation, he encourages us to contemplate framing itself: what is left in or out of a photographs, narrative, or an account of a historical event, and why?

Photographed in the Brooklyn Museum.

 

Zombie Arm Wine Bottle Stopper

Oh my! I love how this Wine Bottle Stopper makes it look as if a little zombie arm is reaching up from the neck of your wine bottle! Scary! Do you need to own one? The details are below:

  • Wine bottle cork or bottle stopper shaped like a zombie hand rising from the ground
  • Exquisite level of gory details – handcrafted by local indie artists
  • Material: tough urethane resin and cork
  • Unique: no two are exactly alike – paint details may vary as it is handpainted
  • Size: 1-1/4″ dia. x 5″ (3 cm dia. x 12.5 cm) Fits most wine bottles
  • Design: Odd Art Fabrications

Priced at just $11.95, it makes a great gift for your ghoulish fiends friends.