One way I realize how familiar I have become with an artist’s work is when I first see a piece that I like but I don’t pay attention to who the artist is. Then, when I see that same piece again in another show and learn the name, I realize that it was done by one of my favorite artists. When I saw Koons’s piece “Equilibrium,” I remembered seeing it in the show at the MOMA 2 years ago.
One thing I find interesting about Jeff Koons is he hires interns to make some pieces for him. Once an artist’s work (as in Koons’s case) has become known and his style recognized, he may eventually need others to help him with his many projects and/or actually make them for him while he works on something else, But then that leads to an argument about whether the work is really his or not. I think it is--the actual pieces may not be his but the design itself is. For projects like this he would need to give credit to those who executed them.
The process might go something like this: the artist starts out by making a small detailed drawing or small scale sculpture of what he has in mind, jots down the construction process, and then hands it over to his team of interns. I believe you develop your own style by first mastering the techniques used by the old masters and then you can break the rules.
I love it when I look at Koons’s paintings and what first comes to mind are other artists whose styles are so similar. In his paintings, I can see influences from Marilyn Minter and James Rosenquist. When I look at “Equilibrium,” I immediately think of the Damien Hurst shark.
I love Koons’s balloon style sculptures. We all know that he is well known for his balloon dog. I also love how they are all in different colors, and you all know I love color. After seeing a few of his sculptures all I was thinking was that he should make a balloon style sculpture with more than one color, and then I noticed the elephant sculpture which made my day!
The show will run until October 19th, 2014. I highly encourage you all to see it when you have a chance.