Infinity Trophy Room | A installation from Kenton Parker on view at the entry to Scope New York | March 7 – 11, 2012
Exclusively created for SCOPE New York 2012, Primary Projects presents Kenton Parker’s ‘Infinity Trophy Room’. This New York trophy room installation literally reflects multiplying images of the embodiment of physical and mental dominance, the illusion of triumph and the ultimate gesture to mask the deepest insecurities and failures of the individual. For Parker, the trophy elucidates a dual nature of victory and defeat: the victorious have their own hubris, their self-assurance of accomplishment rendered in a cheaply made statuette while the ‘losers’ are often the real winners who simply go unrecognized for their efforts. The essence of peer group competition and the psychology of a phallic symbol of pride are at play within the network of Parker’s trophies. Artistic achievement (popularized by the Oscars or Tony Awards) is called to mind as a politicized issue that seems to rely more on awarding those with underhanded agendas versus a testament to creative genius. As a whole, this imposing group of trophies act simultaneously as reliquaries of ability and sportsmanship and reminders of the vulnerability that lies beneath.
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