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Charles Sofo

Balls 2009

Museum of Contemporary Art, purchased with funds provided by Coe and Mordant Families, 2009

paper mache, pva glue, wood trestle table

90 × 90 × 75cm

About the Artwork

Charlie Sofo collects, observes and displays everyday forms and materials and re-presents them as items of wonder. The obsessive nature of his practice is revealed by his accumulation of various different materials, from lint to human hair. These items are transformed by the artist’s own subtle intervention with medium and appearance.

Balls is an example of this obsession and the list of materials is an homage to the office supply shop: 1 sheet of Prisma paper, 100 Post It notes, Rainbow colour pad, envelopes, postage stamps, office paper, toilet rolls and cardboard. These materials are rolled into balls and placed upon a trestle table. Some of the balls accumulate vertically whilst others sit in tight small squares or rows.

Sofo’s point of reference is the modernist grid but he has turned its minimalist pretensions on its head. The grid is neither permanent, nor totally ephemeral, and the humble nature of the mediums used, the cardboard and paper ephemera of everyday life, runs counter to the hard permanence and objecthood of much minimalist sculpture.

I made Balls by mulching individual units of paper in a food processor and then forming spheres in my hands. The written list is an exact inventory of the materials in the work.

Charlie Sofo

Charles Sofo

– About the artist

b.1983

Born 1983 Melbourne, Victoria. Lives and works Melbourne.

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