Helder Batista

Helder Batista

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Helder Batista
French, b.1964 Helder Batista is a self-taught artist who works predominantly in sculptural medium. Born in 1964 in Paris and now living and working near Cahors, he describes the genesis of his artistic career as an epiphany. Batista is intrigued by the complexity and potential of everyday objects, even those as mundane as bicycle’s tires. Batista decided to insert himself and interrupt societal structures that destine such objects to “a vocation of waste.” In his exploration of materials, Batista discovered that his ‘found’ objects could function as support, medium, and subject, or as self-sustained complete works of art. Batista avoids polluting his found objects even through his own curatorial presence, arguing that assigning a value to some over others creates contaminating waste. Instead, Batista sublimates, recycles and allows his materials space to articulate themselves. Often a simple clear acrylic mold utilized in works like Lego or Red Shoes is enough of a change in context to infuse everyday objects with artistic poignancy.In constant communication with Pop art, most of his pieces are intentionally ambiguous. Batista’s work cuts in multiple directions depending on context and audience. His series of Flag Guns, where he uses the form of a revolver wrapped in a flag and solidified with a fiber rising coat, has multivalent layers of meaning. When ’Second Amendment’ or ‘Made in America’ are displayed together they can be read as playful subversions of a symbol of power. To others, they are biting political satire on American Imperialism, or high rates of gun ownership. Meanwhile, when they are paired with the Soviet Union Flag Guns they become historical and charged with Cold War symbolism and the arms race. However, when wrapped in a checkered flag, his Flag Gun becomes a Starting Gun and any abstruse political symbolism is lost. Batista himself refuses to elaborate on the symbolism of his flags beyond admitting that he is toying with the power of symbols. On this most fundamental level, Batista is visually demonstrating that art has no political borders. Batista’s larger oeuvre explores themes of nonsense, consumerism, globalization, and overconsumption without searching for concrete explanations. By toying rather than pontificating, Batista can be playful while also gesturing at serious dissonances in society; Batista welcomes discussion but resists projections of specific programs onto his pieces.
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Big Brother, 2018
Helder Batista

Big Brother, 2018

Mixed Media Installation (Steel, Dummy Cameras, and Plexiglass)

69 x 69 in

$34,000.00

Cocoa Cola Solider, 2018
Helder Batista

Cocoa Cola Solider, 2018

Found Object in Fiber Resin

7.25 x 2 x 2 in

$900.00

Laced
Helder Batista

Laced

Calais Lace and Fiber Glass

10 x 16 x 3.25 in

$6,200.00

Made in America (88/1000), 2017
Helder Batista

Made in America (88/1000), 2017

Fabric & Fiber Resin

9.25 x 13 x 7 in

$1,800.00

Magen David (Edition 10/25)
Helder Batista

Magen David (Edition 10/25)

Fabric & Fiber Resin

24 x 15 x 8 in

$2,800.00

Second Amendment (1/8)
Helder Batista

Second Amendment (1/8)

Fabric & Fiber Resin

35.40 x 25.60 x 6.30 in

$4,400.00

Strung II
Helder Batista

Strung II

String and Fiber Resin

16 x 10 x 6 in

$5,500.00

Tiny Red and White Pill, 2017
Helder Batista

Tiny Red and White Pill, 2017

Fiber Resin

5 x 2.75 x 2.75 in

$700.00

Blood and Barrel
Helder Batista

Blood and Barrel

Fiber Resin, Aluminium

64.10 x 27.60 x 15.70 in

$23,800.00

Destruction in Suspension
Helder Batista

Destruction in Suspension

Bullets in Acrylic

19 x 11 x 5 in

SOLD

Lego (Large)
Helder Batista

Lego (Large)

Acrylic and Legos

16 x 9.50 x 3 in

$5,800.00

Made in America (Guns in a Series) (1/8)
Helder Batista

Made in America (Guns in a Series) (1/8)

Fabric & Fiber Resin,Acrylic Box Frame

32 x 32 x 3.50 in

SOLD

Money Grows on Trees
Helder Batista

Money Grows on Trees

Painted Wood

24 x 10 x 10 in

$4,800.00

Sheriff
Helder Batista

Sheriff

Plexiglass and Metal Badges

15.60 x 9.40 x 3.50 in

SOLD

Superman Energy, 2017
Helder Batista

Superman Energy, 2017

Fiber Resin and Found Object

8 x 6.50 x 3.75 in

SOLD

Washington's Dollars
Helder Batista

Washington's Dollars

Paper and Fiber Resin

20.50 x 5 x 5 in

$5,600.00

Blue Cocoon, 2018
Helder Batista

Blue Cocoon, 2018

Plastic and Fiber Resin

17 x 6.25 x 6.25 in

$2,800.00

Encased Series: Little Lego
Helder Batista

Encased Series: Little Lego

Lego and Fiber Resin

12 x 8.50 x 3.50 in

$2,900.00

Little Pink and Black Shoes, 2017
Helder Batista

Little Pink and Black Shoes, 2017

Fabric, Fiber Resin

16 x 10 x 3.50 in

$6,500.00

Made in America II
Helder Batista

Made in America II

Fabric in Acrylic

9.50 x 3 x 7.75 in

SOLD

Plush Gun, 2018
Helder Batista

Plush Gun, 2018

French Lace, and Fabric on Plexiglass Base

14 x 18.50 x 6 in

$1,800.00

Shot at Peace
Helder Batista

Shot at Peace

Feather and Fiber Resin

18 x 4 x 4 in

$900.00

Superman Jesus, 2018
Helder Batista

Superman Jesus, 2018

Found object, Acrylic and Fiber Resin

13.75 x 12 x 3.25 in

$6,000.00

Z for Zorro
Helder Batista

Z for Zorro

Neon Light, Plexiglass Base

30 x 30 in

$8,000.00

Campbell's, 2018
Helder Batista

Campbell's, 2018

Found Objects, Resin

16 x 10 x 4.50 in

$6,800.00

Hope
Helder Batista

Hope

Found Object, Fiber Resin

40 x 9 x 9 in

$16,800.00

Made in America
Helder Batista

Made in America

Fabric & Fiber Resin

13.80 x 9.10 x 8 in

SOLD

Made in the USSR (Edition of 8)
Helder Batista

Made in the USSR (Edition of 8)

Fabric in Acrylic

14 x 10 x 6.50 in

$1,800.00

Red Cocoon, 2018
Helder Batista

Red Cocoon, 2018

Plastic and Fiber Resin

17 x 6.25 x 6.25 in

$2,800.00

Shot at Peace
Helder Batista

Shot at Peace

Feathers and Fiber Resin

20.50 x 5 x 5 in

$6,200.00

Tiny Blue and Red Pill, 2017
Helder Batista

Tiny Blue and Red Pill, 2017

Fiber Resin

5.50 x 2.75 x 2.75 in

$700.00

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