On February 25th, 2016 Joseph Gross Gallery will present Literally Balling, a collection of new works by Victor Solomon. Literally Balling, Solomon’s first solo exhibition in New York, features six of his signature stained glass basketball backboards.
He elegantly balances wit, irony and fastidious craftsmanship in exploration of a host of disparate narratives: the religious devotion to sport, the athlete as modern-day king of court, the proletarian drift of basketball from project pick-up games to newfound cultural heights, even a cautionary comment on the fragility of luxury.
For Solomon, the medium is the message; having never had worked with stained glass before, he apprenticed for a year under Bay Area glass masters to realize this process-specific concept. The result is a gorgeous and evocative appropriation of basketball iconography, rendered with an athlete’s discipline: Solomon spends over 100 hours on each piece.
With Literally Balling, Solomon also explores new methods with an adroit harmony between comedy and commentary: gilded basketballs neatly organized in cannonball-style pyramid, trophies cordoned off by velvet rope and a series of jersey’s in re-cut Coogi sweater and chain mail.
An opening reception takes place on Thursday, February 25th from 6-9pm.