John Boehme

Festivals: M:ST 7 Biennial | September 26 - October 11, 2014.

Through his work, “Sport”, Boehme explores sports as an arena in which social and political tensions are remorselessly played out. The language of sports is related to the language of war, struggle, and conquest. Through his work, he explores sport as a metaphor for construction, projection and destruction of individual identity in favor of using sport to define cultural and national identity. The parallels of professional sport to emerging capitalism are examined, as well as the tendency of sport to be precarious, dangerous, and seductive, as represented through his work in ceramic and glass. His work channels historical connections between art and sports, manifests in society’s idealization of the body, and its attendant homoerotic fetishism by interrogating the subjects within sports that cross the line.