Chris Cawkwell 'Be Like Mike' (2021)
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Artist: Chris Cawkwell
Title: 'Be Like Mike'
Edition: Open Edition
Medium: Jesmonite, Spray Paint, Acrylic, Marker Pen
Price: £750 per ball
If you wish to buy a rack of 5 open edition basketballs it comes to £3000 inc rack
Size: 24cm x 24cm x 24cm
Signed / Dated: Bottom
Delivery: Will have shipping invoiced separately.
Note: Comes with Copy Of Authenticity
Each basketball is sold separately and the rack is an exhibition example for presentation purposes.
Artwork Description: 'athletes around the world, we all have a crazy dream?
but, what are you gonna do to accomplish your crazy dream? you see, not all of us have eyes to see
not all of us have feet to walk
not all of us have hands to hold
but I know all of us have a heart of gold
so, what area you gonna do to accomplish your crazy dream? what are you gonna do?
'cause I know what I'm gonna do
I'm gonna do it
so, Just Do It'
– Demarjay Smith, NIKE 'Just Do It' campaign, June 2018
Nike is ubiquitous with basketball thanks to celebrity brand incarnate Michael Jordan. As brands continue to make inroads into the public domain through sponsorships of state schools, community sports teams and public space – swooshes and 'Just Do It.’ slogans are a common place; adorning billboards; trainers; clothes; basketball courts; buildings; Instagram feeds (and navels). The brand has transcended sport to encompass lifestyle choice(s). It is no longer a choice of this brand or that brand, we are buying into the dream, and the dream of celebrity such as Michael Jordan. The dream that our lives will somehow be enriched, even though we are poorer having spent our money.
About the artist: Born in Leicester 1985, lives in London. Chris Cawkwell's work explores consumer culture within a capitalist framework; utilising contemporary technologies, performative and interactive elements to critique the social systems and processes which operate around us and highlight the rate at which products are consumed and commodified.
Cawkwell graduated with a Masters in Fine Art from Wimbledon College of Art in 2012. He has exhibited nationally and internationally; in Mumbai, India, as part of the cross-collaborative venture Project India (Asia Arts Projects & the 1%-ers art collective, 2011) and in Tokyo, Japan, part of Tokyo Wonder Site's creator in residence program (2012).
He has completed residency programs at Space 118, Mumbai, (2011), Tokyo Wonder Site, Aoyama, (2012) and at the Bohunk Institute, Nottingham, in preparation for solo show Sensorama (2013). His work forms part of the permanent collection at Space 118.
– he is a founding member and director of artist-led space (and collective) ArtLacuna, based in Clapham Junction, South London.
- MA Fine Art Wimbledon, University Arts London
- Director of Artlacuna
- Lam Gallery, Los Angeles
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