What does a fish know about the water in which he swims all his life?

2014


Sixteen modified billiard balls establish new links between them and other elements in space.  To do this, I will scatter a set of billiard balls [that have been previously polished and deformed with a sander] throughout the exhibition space, showing, in some cases, previous colors and recycled materials. 

Sixteen balls set up connections with different objects in space. A glass-folding screen of the size of a professional pool table turns the game space into a transparent and fragile presence. A folded blue tablecloth has the same size, but rests over the edge of the glass structure. The geometric delineation of four balls connected through a rope determines an area with the same perimeter as the fabric and glass. Thus, the official game space is represented and perceived in three different formal variations.

The six holes of a pool table find another materialization within the exhibition space. A hole in the glass structure, in a plant leaf, in a metal ring, in a glass of whiskey, in a cardboard tube, and in a circle drawing on the gallery window correspond to the six holes in the pool table. All of them keep the same diameter, negotiating their position in the pool-table-gallery space, challenging the rules of the game and pursuing spatial relations between objects whose original functions have been changed.

Each ball resembles the layers of sedimentation in some rocks - different levels of information which provide details about the nature of matter. Some of them have the appearance of gems, stones, or bones eroded by time and environment. In other cases, they appear as geometric syntheses used in mathematical studies of some mineral forms. Nevertheless, they remain ludic and ambiguous. This ambiguity or difficulty in identifying them as billiard balls is important, as the association with the game shouldn’t be immediate.
Once recognized, the balls make you think about the idea of movement in a match, about the implicit geometry of each stroke, or about the need for a strategy able to predict the path of the balls within a space. Based on this idea, I want to raise a constellation of deformed balls in the space of the gallery and consequently investigate how these new shapes preclude the prediction about motion or linear trajectory. None of them can roll or follow a well-defined path. These balls that have lost their initial features become objects within a space, reformulating their dialogue with it,.


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Sanded billiard balls, sheet glass, fabric, plant,  string, cardboard, metal, whiskey glass, marker pen.