Esfera (Serie desequilibrios) 1-I [Sphere (Imbalance Series) 1-I]
44.1 cm x 34.3 cm x 11.6 cm (17 3/8 in. x 13 1/2 in. x 4 9/16 in.)
(Junin, Argentina, 1936 - 2002, Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Latin America, Argentinean
Medium and Support:
Glazed wooden box, plaster and paint
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Purchase, 2003
In the 1980’s, Victor Grippo created a series of stage set-like sculptures called “Balance” that featured small scenes illustrating physical acts of cause and effect. He followed it with a complementary series called “Imbalance” that includes “Esfera.” On the left side a red ball rests on a shelf next to a shattered white crucible. An unbroken crucible rests next to the shards, painted above it is red and black circle. Grippo’s puzzling tableau contrasts real objects with their two-dimensional images and unsettles scientific rules that connect cause with its possible effects.