Walking among the artworks displayed in the ‘Lars Fisk: Mr. Softee’ exhibition at the Marlborough Chelsea gallery, visitors find themselves exploring New York through spherical sculptures that capture the essence of the things they represent.
Lars Fisk started transforming objects into spheres in 1995, choosing this particular geometrical shape as it is both universal and completely different compared to the original item. “In combining the dissimilar, I want to find how we might identify something by seeing it for what it is not,” explains the artist. At a glance, the spheres look like beautiful, highly detailed artworks. But stepping closer to admire the materials and to read their names, one is struck by the genius of the entire work. Using the same type of materials of the objects they represent and an impressive attention to detail, the artists recreates urban things and places in a simple, universally recognized form. One of the highlights of the exhibition is the ‘Mr. Softee’ sculpture which accurately reproduces an ice cream truck in a perfectly round shape, complete with a window, decals and door. ‘Stop Balls’ recreates the mosaic tile patterns found in three subway stations in New York, with the miniature tiles custom-made to match their inspiration down to the finest details, including the texture and color tones. Other sculptures include a cobblestone street sphere made of asphalt, bronze and steel, one made from wood and tree bark, and the giant ‘Loft Ball’ which measures 15 feet in diameter, representing the Costco parking lot in Queens. A must-visit exhibition for both art and New York lovers alike, ‘Lars Fisk: Mr. Softee’ is on view at the gallery until October 15. Photo credits: Marlborough Chelsea.