One’s first discovery of the bouncy ball (or ‘superball’) usually involves a surprise, and extreme delight, as an unassuming little orb of compressed rubber explodes off the ground or wall. In these sculptures, balls of different sizes, colors and visceral qualities are coaxed, danced, bullied or ouijaed into place to create a range of immersive visions. Each gaggle of balls is gently squeezed and suspended and — as if a spell had been cast over them — time is suddenly frozen, gravity resisted or dispelled. Then begins a deepening play of associations as the balls float forward and back within their designs or wanderings, rhyming with their cast shadows and ghostly glows, and with nearby hardware and reflections. These dear objects from our childhood are animated and transmogrified, speaking in a chorus at once light-hearted, humorous, mysterious and ecstatic.
- Mutsu Crispin
Mutsu Crispin is the art alias of John DiGeorge, who grew up in a rural suburb of Atlanta playing in streams, collecting Legos, watching cartoons, drawing monsters and triumphing at video games. He studied visual art and filmmaking at Harvard, and was an assistant instructor for classes in oneiric cinema (films dealing with dreams and other altered states of consciousness). After working on a variety of film and art-projects in Boston and NYC, he moved to southern Vermont and began producing his first independent feature film, Redbelly, now in the last stages of postproduction. He has exhibited paintings and sculpture, created art installations, worked as a welder, performed as a dancer and clown, and run a small design company. He was recently commissioned to create a series of large sculptures for the newly constructed headquarters of Exelon Corp. in Baltimore, MD.