Matej Andraž Vogrinčič: Pool (after Hockney)
Photo: Jaka Babnik
The installation Swimming Pool (after Hockney) was made in late 2012 on top of the building next door to Slavija in Maribor for the 100 Years of Slovene Art exhibition.
A bright turquoise foil covers the copper edge of the office building’s light court, with a diving board at one end, starting blocks at the other, and a pool ladder at the side.
In this way I transformed a drab commercial building’s light court into a humorously scary illusion of a pool, both suggestive and provocative.
It came up with the name Model Hockney in tribute to painter David Hockney, his palette, and his drawings and canvases of pools from his so-called California period, most notably Bigger Splash from 1967.