Jeff Koons: Mirrors and Reflections
Jeff Koons’ is known for his taboo creativity and playfulness that explores the timeless continuity of the human experience, his obsession with sex and desire as well as the contemporary evolving ideas of celebrity, media, commerce, and fame.
There is a certain obsessiveness in Koons work with reflections and mirror imagery. This aspect of his practice, Koons’ believes, make his art more accessible as an reflective exterior surface affirms the viewer only through their own reflection. “In a reflective surface, your existence is being affirmed. When you move, your abstracted reflection changes. The experience is dependent upon you; it lets you know that art is happening inside of you.”
The Balloon Dog is seen as one of Koons’ most recognizable works. The sculpture suggests, although using a single balloon, the feeling of air connecting through the sculpture as a way give life to an internet object. “Balloon Dog is a very optimistic piece, its a balloon that a clown would have maybe twist for you at a birthday party. But at the same time there’s the profoundness of an archaic sculpture. The piece has an interior life while the reflective exterior surface affirms the viewer through their reflection.” Despite being hard and opaque, the sculpture remains light with a sense of inflatedness.
Koons’ Dom Pérignon Balloon Venus is vibrant and ornate. The Balloon Venus is a recreation of the Paleolithic statuette Venus of Willendorf, the earliest known sculpture of the human form, dating back 23,000 BC. First modeled in 2008, the large sculpture stood over 100 inches high, references fertility and ritual and is about “connecting to things that are archetypal and profound, things that connect you to human history.” In 2013, Koons created the Balloon Venus for Dom Pérignon in an edition of 650.
Kangaroo Mirror Box (Blue) is made of Polystyrene and Plexiglas in colors completed in 2003. This kangaroo mirror box lays claim as physical allegory to the themes of desire, commerce, and lust, among others for a work that is simultaneously kitschy and self-reflective. The edition of 2000 includes the DVD “JEFF KOONS / A Man of Trust”.