Hector Arce-Espasas, Ode to Paradise (Dancers)

Ode to Paradise (Dancers) is a site-specific installation from artist Hector Arce-Espasas, and is this year’s PROJECTS Special Commission. His ceramics bring to mind both literal and figurative modes of decadence. The sexual connotations invoked by the forms themselves lend significance to the metaphorical nature of their contents: fruit and tropical plants. These vessels are reminiscent of the overflowing fruit bowls popular in 17th century Europe, which served as symbols of wealth and social class. Here, ripe fruit, tropical imagery, and the body coalesce to create interplay of indulgence, exoticism and frivolity. Hector’s use of palm trees and fruits creates a visual meditation on the idea of the tropical paradise, constructing new realities, or rather, new fantasies.