Issue 27: The Physical Rebuttal, 2015

Design And Decorative Arts

Gingham soccer ball

International standard size 5 ball (circumference 27-28 inches)

Edition of 1000

This work includes a fold-out pamphlet featuring an interview with the artist.


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    THE THING Quarterly’s Issue 27 is by the visual artist and writer Michelle Grabner. She is best known for her abstract metal-point works and her paintings of textile patterns appropriated from everyday domestic fabric. Incorporating writing, curating and teaching with a studio practice grounded in process and productivity she has created a multi-faceted and dynamic career. Issue 27 is Grabner’s physical rebuttal to Ken Johnson's 2014 New York Times review of Michelle's exhibition at James Cohan Gallery, in which he referred to Michelle's work as that of a "soccer mom.” The comment ignited a firestorm of counter-reviews and letters to the editor. It also inspired this gingham-patterned piece, which might be the first rebuttal in the form of a soccer ball.

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