BROOKS OUTSIDE: POUR ME ANOTHER
Memphis Brooks Museum of Art / 1934 Poplar Ave. April 16, 2021 - May 15, 2021
Operating in a territory between architecture, art and industrial design, LA-based Ball-Nogues Studio (BNS) is an integrated design and fabrication practice led by Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues. Essential to each BNS project is the “design” of the production process itself, with the aim of creating environments that enhance sensation, generate spectacle and invite physical engagement.
For Pour Me Another, the studio experiments with “the pour,” which resonates with such mid-century abstract painters as Jackson Pollock and contemporary sculptors and designers like Lynda Benglis and Gaetano Pesce. BNS pours tinted urethane foam in multiple layers to produce monumental structures that are aesthetically vibrant and structurally wind resistant. While the interior of the domes is smooth, like a painting, and similar to “light coming through a bowl of melted Jolly Ranchers,” the exterior appears like “cultivated slop,” says Ball.