Artwork Type: Drawings
Medium: Collage on paper
Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 15 in. (29.21 x 38.1 cm)
Accession #: 20162500
Department: Alumni Collection
Credit: Collection of University Art Museum, University at Albany, State University of New York on behalf of University at Albany Foundation
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Kyle Avery worked on the four collage works for his master’s thesis at University at Albany, gathering about one-hundred source images as a visual codex to make his Slam Dunk series. Basketball and its visual language are front and center within Avery’s collages—from the players, the ball itself, the clothing, the court, and basketball strategy patterning.
Within Hoop Dreams and Untitled Avery seems to mimic the lines and arrows drawn on a coach’s clipboard to illustrate a play for their players. Avery cuts his collage materials in Jay and Len as a way to deconstruct the basketball and the patterning of the hardwood floor of a basketball court. By using collage as his medium, Avery is able to break down and reassemble the building blocks of basketball to create visually intriguing compositions.
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