HAPPENINGText: Satoshi Ota

Wow, this is great.” These words unconsciously came out of my mouth. Why? This is because many soccer balls were spinning on the ceiling and I did not understand what was going on in this exhibition at first. Paintura Pitch Project was on from the end of last year to the beginning of 2003 at Parco Museum in Tokyo, and 12 enthusiastic football artists had paintings on the balls and the walls.

The artists were provided a wall to paint. Their original-painted-balls could be found above my head. Magnetic force and the gravity of the balls created a dream-like-display. Since the works were turning around, I could see all the designs from standing at just one point.

From Kate Gibb, who made a sleeve design for Chemical Brothers, Kostas Seremetis from NY, Will Barras who provides design works for the street brand “Satan Albeit” to Mr. Jago, you might have known at least one of them. The ball paintings of Steff Plaetz and VAR caught my eyes the most. Of course, I can’t use them when I play football but I wish I could.

Participating artists: Ben Drury, David Foldvari, Espo, Genta Kosumi, Kostas Seremetis, Kate Gibb, Mr. Jago, Reas, Reggie Pedro, Steff Plaetz, Var, Will Barras.

Paintura Pitch Project
12 Scrawled Soccer-Balls Exhibition in Cooperation with PUMA

Date: December 12th, 2002 – January 6th, 2003
Place: Parco Museum
Address: 7F Shibuya Parco, 15-1 Udakawa-cho, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo
Tel: +81 (0)3 3464 5111

Text: Satoshi Ota
Translation: Sachiko Kurashina
Photos: Satoshi Ota

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