Baseball cards with textile and decorative elements such as Leather, fur, threads and nail polish
Dimensions variable (original baseball cards 6.4 x 8.9 cm each)
Set of three unique works with signed certificate
An avid collector since childhood, Gray Wielebinski’s source material is baseball cards. He transforms these emblems of American sport into a new collector’s item – an artwork. Keeping the scale of the original cards creates intimacy, inviting the viewer to look closely and deconstruct their relationship to this familiar object. Leather, fur, threads and nail polish punctuate the works surface. Using textiles and sewn decorative elements layered onto sportsman’s bodies, the series plays with the status of craft as a traditionally feminine mode of making. Wielebinski uses sports as an entry point to discuss gender, surveillance, desire, race, national identity, the body, celebrity, costume and power dynamics. Through multifaceted works, Wielebinski highlights how sport is both embedded in our daily lives and politically charged. In collages and soft sculptures, Wielebinski puts together new forms and ways of embodiment, questioning what makes a body more than the sum of its parts. He dissects figures, directly challenging our obsession with ‘reading’ bodies.
Gray Wielebinski (b. 1991 Dallas, TX, USA) received a BA from Pomona College, USA in 2014 before completing an MFA from the Slade School of Fine Art, London, UK in 2018. He lives and works in both London and Los Angeles. Wielebinski’s expansive practice, which incorporates video, performance, collage, installation, sculpture, and more, explores the intersections of mythology, identity, gender, nationhood, and memory.
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