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Helder Batista
Superman Jesus

2018

About

This is an original one-of-a-kind sculpture. Helder uses a Christ figure painted to mimic Superman's red and blue outfit with 'S' logo. The figure is suspended in a crucifix resin form. About the Artist Helder Batista is a self-taught artist who works predominantly in sculpture medium. Born in 1964 in Paris and now living and working near Cahors, he describes the genesis of his artistic career as an epiphany. Intrigued by the complexity and potential of everyday objects, Batista decided to insert himself and interrupt societal structures that destine such objects to “a vocation of waste.” In his exploration of materials, Batista discovered that his ‘found’ objects could function as support, medium, and subject, or as self-sustained complete works of art. Batista avoids polluting his found objects even through his curatorial presence, arguing that assigning a value to some over others creates contaminating waste. Instead, Batista sublimates, recycles and allows his materials space to articulate themselves. Often a simple, transparent acrylic mold utilized in works like Lego or Red Shoes is enough of a change in context to infuse everyday objects with artistic poignancy. In constant communication with Pop art, most of his pieces are intentionally ambiguous. Batista’s work cuts in multiple directions depending on context and audience. His Flag Guns series, which uses the form of a revolver wrapped in a flag and solidified with a fiber rising coat, has multivalent layers of meaning. Batista himself refuses to elaborate on the symbolism of his flags beyond admitting that he is toying with the power of symbols. On this most fundamental level, Batista is visually demonstrating that art has no political borders. Batista’s larger oeuvre explores themes of nonsense, consumerism, globalization, and overconsumption without searching for concrete explanations. By toying rather than pontificating, Batista can be playful while also gesturing at serious dissonances in society; Batista welcomes discussion but resists projections of specific programs onto his pieces. His series of Flag Guns, where he uses the form of a revolver wrapped in a flag and solidified with a fiber rising coat, has multivalent layers of meaning. Batista himself refuses to elaborate on the symbolism of his flags beyond admitting that he is toying with the power of symbols. On this most fundamental level, Batista is visually demonstrating that art has no political borders.

Details

  • Dimensions
    H 13.75 in. x W 12 in. x D 3.25 in.H 34.93 cm x W 30.48 cm x D 8.26 cm
  • Gallery Location
    Washington, DC
  • Reference Number
    LU51934488671
  • Seller Reference Number
    1835
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