Pentagon Totem: Snooker Five
150 x 40 x 40 cm (59 1/8 x 15 3/4 x 15 3/4 in)
Pentagon Totem: Snooker Five is the latest development in Angela Bulloch's ongoing series of sculptures. The work consists of five assembled geometrical figures known as irregular dodecahedrons, meaning each element is made of 12 irregular pentagonal planes.
The title refers to the English game Snooker, a variation of Billiards. In Snooker, each ball has a different point value. The game is played with 15 red balls and one each in yellow, green, brown, blue, pink and black.
Angela Bulloch's series of sculptures examines the connections formed by the geometrical shapes of their structure, together with their associations of colors, and the exhibition space. Made of painted Corian, the surface of the vertically assembled dodecahedrons creates an optical illusion of pushing and pulling planes. Conceived and designed within a digital imaging program, each superimposed module appears distinct while at the same time relating to the others.
By changing the appearance of the column in accordance with one’s point of view, Bulloch plays with our perception of sculpture while orchestrating our experience as gallery visitors. In order to envision the work in its entirety the viewer has to turn around it, which at times seems graphic—almost abstract—shifting between two and three dimensions. Here, the artist transfers major themes of Minimalism into the present, and more specifically the aesthetic exploration of objects’ influence on spatial perception.
The work weighs 50 kg approx.