Bid for Pop Eye: a unique limited edition artwork
Words Mark Hooper
Artist Jim Bond offers the chance to own a piece of Hole & Corner history: the cover star of Issue 09…
One of the stars of our Marvellous Mechanica show for London Craft Week 2016, Blink is a kinetic sculpture by the artist Jim Bond. Featuring an eerily realistic WWII-era glass eye encased within a copper ‘eyeball’, the piece rapidly ‘blinks’ at the viewer when approached.
When we featured the work of Bond – together with that of his fellow artists Martin Smith and Nik Ramage – for the story Popular Mechanics in Hole & Corner Issue 09 (The Movement Issue), there was only ever one candidate for cover star. The first edition of Blink now resides in a private collection in the USA, while the second edition lives in Helsinki: but Bond is offering the opportunity to buy a miniature version via his website. The new work, wittily entitled Pop Eye, is housed within a matchbox and is springloaded so that it jumps out of the box on opening.
‘I decided to make these mini versions of Blink as a promotional tool to catch the eye of galleries I want to work with,’ Bond explains. ‘I once saw Keith Haring signing and giving away matchboxes and it’s always stuck with me. It’s a great miniaturised scale to work with.’ Each Pop Eye has a handmade copper mechanism that lines a vintage matchbox and is individually numbered and they come in a variety of different coloured eyes. Bond is selling his first Pop Eye by blind auction which goes live today (contact him via his Instagram account – @sculptorjim) and will then sell a subsequent limited edition range…