Permanent Structures 1995

“...Keith Ball examines the processes of commodification and the assigning of value to the art object. Viewing art as a commodity can overtly downplay any other function the work may have, be it communication, expression or propaganda value. Ball's pieces, however, subvert any such naively romantic notions of art, the artwork and originality.  In Permanent Structures the dematerialisation of the object may take place before your very eyes. Here Ball has assembled a cubic structure of large building blocks. All the elements of an artwork are present, yet the only constants are the volume and colour of the work - the size and shape change each day the gallery is open. There is another twist; the permutations are not only brought on by the hand of Ball himself. Ball has inserted the critic as artist into the piece by inviting others to lend their hand.

How does one ascertain value when an object is stripped of any permanence ?  Which, if any, is the original ?  Whose work are we looking at ?”


John Slyce

28 / 05 / 1997

Subject / Object  ....1999

Subject / Object is the collective title for this series of works in which the subject or object (reason ?) of artworks has been removed, leaving only their original ‘context’. These pieces ore not ‘copies’ of originals, they are estimations of the original ‘site’ before the work was created. They are in fact, originals before the event but produced after them. The works are all instantly recognisable despite the removal of their initial focus. The series continues an ongoing exploration into questions of cultural perception of status through  repetition and recognition,  originality and value.

Subject Object Light box.
Subject Object Light box.
Le Absinthe. 1876 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Edgar Degas.
Le Absinthe. 1876 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Edgar Degas.
The Waiting Room. 1952 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Rene Magrite.
The Waiting Room. 1952 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Rene Magrite.
Dispute. 1888 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Vincent Van Gogh.
Dispute. 1888 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Vincent Van Gogh.
Mona Mona. 1505 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Leonardo Da Vinci.
Mona Mona. 1505 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Leonardo Da Vinci.
Nature Morte. 1889 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Vincent Van Gogh.
Nature Morte. 1889 - 1999.
Keith Ball / Vincent Van Gogh.
Photographer Waiting For A Dancer. 1877 - 1999.
Keith Ball  Edgar Degas.
Photographer Waiting For A Dancer. 1877 - 1999.
Keith Ball Edgar Degas.
On the Level. 1960 - 1999.
Keith Ball / M.C. Escher.
On the Level. 1960 - 1999.
Keith Ball / M.C. Escher.