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The 99 Critical Shots (2010-2014)
This series was first inspired by Ray Martin’s book: The 99 Critical Shots in Pool, with its wonderful diagrams and evocative shot names… Each one seemed to beg for an image, like a troubled story inhabiting a few short words. Who could remain impassive in front of the “frozen kiss”, the “poison path” or the “ideal break”?
In pool, to “draw” means to put backward spin on a ball. However, the pool player, in essence, is also drawing on the surface of the cloth just like an artist draws on paper, by placing chalk marks on the cloth, both intentionally and through the process of play. The intensity of the practice and the risk of play of the professional pool player can be a metaphor for the intensity and risk-taking of the artist, both working in obscurity, living a life at variance with mainstream social conventions, on the edge of economic subsistence.
My work alternates between abstraction and figuration, while attempting to maintain the integrity and importance of subject matter and space. Working with the pool cloths in lieu of canvas gives me an opportunity to develop a dialogue about what abstraction and figuration mean to me, by playfully shifting and alternating the focus I place on the surface of the plane, the materiality of the cloth itself, the opening of representational space, and the potential for narrative.
|Romance de la Luna, Luna||Break||All the Things Money Could Buy||First Kiss|
|Book||Cross Table Draw||Constellation||For AB|
|The Alternative to the Semi-Massé (To Play for Position)||First Rack||Opening Break||Ghost Ball|
|The Ideal Break in Straight Pool||Fast Cloth||Kick to the Groin||
Below the Rack Break Shot
|The Dead-on Shot (Close Up)||Right Cross||Day Break - Reckoning||The Balk Line|
|Rail Kiss B||The Poison Path|
|© Aitana de la Jara|