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Jordan Wolfson - Colored Sculpture

Based in Los Angeles and New York, Jordan Wolfson (b. 1980) is known for his thought-provoking works in a wide range of media, including video, sculpture, installation, photography, and performance.
Inspired by the world of advertising, the internet, and the technology industry, Wolfson produces ambitious and enigmatic narratives that frequently revolve around a series of invented, animated characters.

The red hair, freckles, and boyish look of Colored Sculpture draw associations to a number of literary and pop cultural characters, ranging from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn, the children’s television puppet icon Howdy Doody, and Alfred E. Neuman, the mascot of Mad magazine.
Highly polished in appearance, the work is suspended with heavy chains from a large mechanized gantry, which is programmed to choreograph its movements. The sheer physicality of the installation includes the work being hoisted and thrown forcefully to the ground, viscerally blurs the distinction between figuration and abstraction, while furthering the formal and narrative possibilities of sculpture.

The sculpture’s eyes employ facial recognition technology to track spectators’ gazes and movements, thereby adding another layer of interactive corporeality to the work. Using fiber optics, its eyes also intermittently display a range of imagery and video footage, including the artist’s own animations and filmed footage, and other found visual material, all of which seem to mine the subconscious preoccupations and desires of our society and consumer culture.

The work’s incongruous accompanying soundtrack further underscores the complex tensions and distortions that the artist establishes between reality and artificiality, subject and object, meaning and sense.

An installation from the Maja Hoffmann / Luma Foundation collection.