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October 17, 2008 4:19 PM   Subscribe

Jason Hackenwerth's balloon twisting sculptures
posted by chuckdarwin (17 comments total) 13 users marked this as a favorite

 
Does he do kids' parties?
posted by dov3 at 4:34 PM on October 17, 2008


Yog-Sothoth!
posted by RavinDave at 5:16 PM on October 17, 2008


Really cool. I suspect that if you snuck one up on Jim Woodring without warning, you'd spook him out of his skin.
posted by hydrophonic at 5:20 PM on October 17, 2008


These are awesome, chuckdarwin - thanks.
posted by madamjujujive at 5:21 PM on October 17, 2008


You're welcome! Mrs Darwin says they look like sea cucumbers.
posted by chuckdarwin at 5:27 PM on October 17, 2008


These are what balloon twisting has been moving toward for two thousand years.

Geat find, chuckd, I love these.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:14 PM on October 17, 2008


Um, it's a great find, too.
posted by flapjax at midnite at 6:15 PM on October 17, 2008


Really cool. I suspect that if you snuck one up on Jim Woodring without warning, you'd spook him out of his skin.

Someone needs to do this. If not for the lulz, to get back at Mr. Woodring for allowing his particular brand of madness leak out into the world, however colorful, detailed and possibly even accurate it may be.

Did you hear something? *makes crazy bat-waving gestures, ducking and looking furtively into the corners* I swear I heard something... purple.

Also: Somewhere out there in the world there are a bunch of balloon fetishists really enjoying life lately.
posted by loquacious at 6:52 PM on October 17, 2008


These are beautiful, very light, organic and luminous.
Thanks, chuckdarwin.

What I don't get is how he can sell them: he can do shows or installations, but balloon don't stay blown. What do collectors (or museums) buy exactly?
posted by bru at 7:17 PM on October 17, 2008


Kind of related.
posted by blue_beetle at 7:38 PM on October 17, 2008 [1 favorite]


Very nice. Bru's question about their sale value is interesting. I have done many installations which I knew would not have any value in the marketplace, but these were in the context of mid-city sized art co-ops. Art for the sake of art. What happens with these labor-intensive works of art?
(Artistically valuable, IMO.)
posted by kozad at 8:20 PM on October 17, 2008


Fantastic.
posted by ErWenn at 9:22 PM on October 17, 2008


oh, thank you what a fantastic idea for a halloween costume.
posted by lapolla at 9:32 PM on October 17, 2008


Some more conventional (does that word apply here...?) costume ideas....
posted by Kronos_to_Earth at 12:14 AM on October 18, 2008


Me and the boys like to fill up balloons with water. Then we take them up to the top of our apartment building. We wait, quietly, until an unsuspecting person walks below us. When this person is right below, we twist the balloons into artistic shapes and demand an aesthetic critique from the unsuspecting victim!

Such are the high jinks here at Monsieur Duchamp's School for Wayward Boys with Artistic Talent.
posted by twoleftfeet at 4:41 AM on October 18, 2008 [1 favorite]


What happens with these labor-intensive works of art?

I was just wondering the same exact thing. No idea.
posted by chuckdarwin at 12:56 PM on October 18, 2008


I have to mention the sheer ridiculousness of the idea of the balloon motorcycle. I don't understand why balloon-twisters are drawn towards making motorcycles, but I'm happy that it keeps them off the streets.
posted by twoleftfeet at 5:26 AM on October 19, 2008


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