"BAR PANORAMA" Florian Auer & Max Schmidtlein @ JAZZ BAR 089
Florian Auer and Max Schmidtlein are pleased to present Equilibrium, Jeff Koons first solo exibition at International With Monuments, New York.
The tanks, glass vitrines supported on black steel stands, are made in three sizes, holding one, two or three professional basketballs. The Total Equilibrium Tanks
are completely filled with distilled water and a small amount of sodium chloride reagent, to assist the hollow balls in remaining suspended in the
centre of the liquid. In a second version, the 50/50 Tanks, only half the tank is filled with distilled water,
with the result that the balls float half in and half out of the water. A group of objects cast in bronze,
including a lifeboat and an aqualung are exhibited at the same time.
To complement the tanks, Koons framed a series of advertising posters created by the sportswear company Nike and hung them on the walls.
These depict American basketball heroes wearing Nike trainers and other sportswear,
holding and surrounded by basketballs.
For Koons, the tanks are an ultimate state of being ...
The Nike posters were the Sirens, the great deceivers, saying Go for it! I have achieved it. You can achieve it too!
And the bronzes were the tools for Equilibrium that would kill you if you used them. So the underlying theme, really, is that death is the ultimate state of being.
What is paralleling this message was that white middle-class
kids have been using art the same way that other ethnic groups have been using basketball, for social mobility.
You could take one of those basketball stars, Dr. Dunkenstein, or the Secretary of Defense, and one could have been me, or Baselitz, or whoever.