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#4 Competitive Volume and Urban Totems

We are counting down the 19 days until the start of the 19th annual City-Wide Open Studios with the 19 things new for this year’s edition, GAME ON!

#4 on the countdown are two Game On commissions inspired by basketball – Competitive Volume by Christie DeNizio and Urban Totems by Gordon Skinner.

A nod to David Hammons’s altered basketball hoops, Competitive Volume invites visitors to shoot colorful balls into two hoops connected by a 100-foot mesh tube. No one wins, no one scores, no one gets the rebound, but everyone modifies the composition.

The totem is a transformational object that, often through the integration of assemblage and found objects, represent a spiritual focal point for a community or tribe. Urban Totems is a series of makeshift basketball hoops installed to create an interactive environment both for play and to make other ways of relating to urban space visible. The artist-made ‘zines that will accompany this project will reinforce the power of found objects through found imagery.

Both installations will be in the Armory during Armory Weekend, October 15 & 16.