Than flesh and bone
Tom Waits, Take it With Me
Art is not that which you stand before, and contemplate, so much as what you walk away with when you go.
The magic of the fable is in the knowing and the not knowing.
The self as a box: thinking about this side of you, that aspect of me; even in a photograph, so much of seeing depends upon believing, and the confusion that arises from concealment, and giving away. Better the view by effect, the secret unspoilt, the oblique glimpse, the action of the sun seen through shadows.
At the Scissor Forest, there is a Notecard.
About the artist Igor Ballyhoo: In RL I have 4 pair of pants (2 pairs are cammo), 3 pair of boots, 4 pair of sneakers, 8 T shirts, 5 hoodies, 2 computers (both shit) and lovely dog named Ripley.
Coelho, Eco, and Saint Exupéry, we find fragments of fables expanded according to Igor's idiosyncratic reading of them, as with his version of Foucault's pendulum, capable of pointing the way not so much to a place on the grid, as to a quadrant of the heart.
Merlina Rokocoko: What can I say about Igor. He is an artist able to bring life into inanimate things. With him, an empty street is filled with souls, a clock becomes a heart that beats, a music box memories of a lifetime. Through every medium he uses, he transforms a moment in an eternity. He reminds us that creation is the most natural act of being alive.
Igor has participated in dozens of exhibits and projects over the past two years, including How I am connected to metaverse, GOD, Perpetuum mobili water, Eternity is watching you! and FreeWee Ling's Mutoscope project, which was honoured by The UWA earlier this year.Jayjay Zifanwe: Igor is one whose artwork elevates the other works that surround it. He was the first to win the UWA 3D Art and Design Challenge Monthly round, back to back. His work is inspirational.
It's an oblique inspiration, in Jayjay's opinion.
Jayjay Zifanwe: I mean, he doesn't go around personally encouraging people; there are a few like that, soror Nishi, etc. Igor inspires in a different way. His art speaks.
Igor won an important 'Message' award for his telling piece From green into red and into green again - a 'war machine' where the blood of soldiers feeds a press printing dollar bills.
Democracy, not quite finished in this photo, was Igor's first work for the University of Texas San Antonio's art collection. When UTSA Art guru constructivIST Solo saw it, she was enchanted. Almost a year later, she remains a firm fan.
constructivIST Solo: The work of Igor Ballyhoo is unique. His creations stand out for the ideas and principles embodied, for their flawless execution, and the reactions they provoke in those who come to see his work.
Politically charged pieces come as no surprise. They are current events seen through the prism of a war-torn childhood, and the twice-told tales of tragedy in the lives of family and friends. Yet, nothing in Igor's inventory suggests that kind of harping repetition that haunts the work of so many of his contemporaries.
constructivIST Solo: ...it doesn't really say it yet, I think...
Consider, for example, the fluidity of his Cybershark or the spermy Kunst der Fugue, both big winners at UWA and the subject of many of the submissions to their recent machinima competition.
Marjorie Fargis: I met Igor at an art show. Two days later, he gave me a sculpty brain to wear; ever since then, I've tried to use it in the best way I can, by appreciating his art. Every artist moves us to certain feelings. They are like flashes, lighting us up momentarily, only to quickly fade. Igor's works leave us with thoughts, ideas and deep reflections that never go away.
But here is the secret. All the endowed archives in the world can't match what really matters, the moment and the message. The connection, which is the best bit, the featherweight that never fades. So glad it's so light. I get to take it with me when I go.