Helder Batista

Artwork

Made In America (78/1000) , 2017

Helder Batista

Made In America (78/1000) , 2017

Fabric & Fiber Resin

9.25 x 13 x 7 in (23.50 x 33.02 x 17.78 cm)

$1,800

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 (35.56 x 25.40 x 16.51 cm)

$1,800

Plush Gun , 2018

Helder Batista

Plush Gun , 2018

French Lace, and Fabric on Plexiglass Base

14 x 18.50 x 6 in (35.56 x 46.99 x 15.24 cm)

$1,800

Magen David (Edition 10/25)

Helder Batista

Magen David (Edition 10/25)

Fabric & Fiber Resin

24 x 15 x 8 in (60.96 x 38.10 x 20.32 cm)

$2,800

Superman Jesus , 2018

Helder Batista

Superman Jesus , 2018

Found object, Acrylic and Fiber Resin

13.75 x 12 x 3.25 in (34.92 x 30.48 x 8.26 cm)

$6,000

Pill Hammer , 2019

Helder Batista

Pill Hammer , 2019

Found Objects Suspended in Fiber Resin

10.50 x 13 x 5 in (26.67 x 33.02 x 12.70 cm)

$1,800

Egg Series Sheriff Badges , 2019

Helder Batista

Egg Series Sheriff Badges , 2019

Found Objects suspended in Fiber Resin

9.50 x 5 x 5 in (24.13 x 12.70 x 12.70 cm)

$3,200

Egg Series - Bullets , 2019

Helder Batista

Egg Series - Bullets , 2019

Found Objects Suspended in Fiber Resin

9.50 x 5 x 5 in (24.13 x 12.70 x 12.70 cm)

$3,200

Shot at Peace (Mini)

Helder Batista

Shot at Peace (Mini)

Feather and Fiber Resin

9 x 2.25 x 2.25 in (22.86 x 5.72 x 5.72 cm)

$900

Coca Cola Soldier , 2018

Helder Batista

Coca Cola Soldier , 2018

Found Object in Fiber Resin

7.25 x 2 x 2 in (18.42 x 5.08 x 5.08 cm)

$900

Tiny Red and White Pill , 2017

Helder Batista

Tiny Red and White Pill , 2017

Fiber Resin

5 x 2.75 x 2.75 in (12.70 x 6.98 x 6.98 cm)

$700

Laced

Helder Batista

Laced

Calais Lace and Fiber Glass

10 x 16 x 3.25 in (25.40 x 40.64 x 8.26 cm)

$6,200

Little Pink and Black Shoes, 2017

Helder Batista

Little Pink and Black Shoes, 2017

Fabric, Fiber Resin

16 x 10 x 3.50 in (40.64 x 25.40 x 8.89 cm)

$6,500

Lego (Large)

Helder Batista

Lego (Large)

Acrylic and Legos

16 x 9.50 x 3 in (40.64 x 24.13 x 7.62 cm)

$5,800

Lincoln 2, 2019

Helder Batista

Lincoln 2, 2019

Found Object and Fiber Resin

19.50 x 17.50 x 8 in (49.53 x 44.45 x 20.32 cm)

$7,800

Hope

Helder Batista

Hope

Found Object, Fiber Resin

40 x 9 x 9 in (101.60 x 22.86 x 22.86 cm)

$16,800

Washington's Dollars

Helder Batista

Washington's Dollars

Paper and Fiber Resin

20.50 x 5 x 5 in (52.07 x 12.70 x 12.70 cm)

$5,600

Shot at Peace

Helder Batista

Shot at Peace

Feathers and Fiber Resin

20.50 x 5 x 5 in (52.07 x 12.70 x 12.70 cm)

$6,200

Brigitte Bardot, 2019

Helder Batista

Brigitte Bardot, 2019

Found Objects Suspended in Fiber Resin

12 x 6.50 x 3.50 in (30.48 x 16.51 x 8.89 cm)

$3,000

Blue Cocoon , 2018

Helder Batista

Blue Cocoon , 2018

Plastic and Fiber Resin

17 x 6.25 x 6.25 in (43.18 x 15.88 x 15.88 cm)

$2,800

Z for Zorro

Helder Batista

Z for Zorro

Neon Light, Plexiglass Base

30 x 30 in (76.20 x 76.20 cm)

$8,000

Big Brother , 2018

Helder Batista

Big Brother , 2018

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

69 x 69 in (175.26 x 175.26 cm)

$34,000

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Helder Batista
French, b.1964 Helder Batista is a self-taught artist who works predominantly in the 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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