HAPPENINGText: Alex Hiroki Coles

‘Acrobat’, Jeff Koons, 2003-2009, Polychromed aluminum, galvanized steel, wood, straw, 228.9 x 148 x 64.8 cm © Jeff Koons

Another interesting series was his inflatable toys. These were a number of different pool toys which interacted with other objects. Although they look exactly like inflatable toys, they are made from aluminum, and carefully painted to appear exactly like a real toy, deceiving the viewer’s eyes, as they are also much heavier than how they appear.

Jeff Koons “Now” Exhibition view. Photo © Prudence Cuming Associates Victor Mara Ltd. © Jeff Koons

‘Play-Doh’ (1994-2014) is a large installation piece which reproduces Play-Doh in a large scale size. Twenty-Seven individual pieces are cast in aluminum and held together by their own weight. ‘Elephant’ (2003) and ‘Titi’ (2004-2009) also strongly display feelings of childhood. They able to be inflatable party balloons but are cast in stainless steel. These can be seen as a quite playful and light hearted as well as engaging with the viewer due to their bright colours.

Jeff Koons “Now”
Date: 18th May – 16th October, 2016
Opening hour: 10:00 - 18:00 (last admission 17:45)
Closed on Monday
Place: Newport Street Gallery
Address: Newport Street, London, SE11 6AJ
Tel: +44 20 3141 9320

Text: Alex Hiroki Coles

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