'Anatomical Balloon Dog' by Whatshisname, 2023
Red and matte grey variant.
6.7 x 2.4 x 6 Inches (figure)
10 x 8.3 x 3.9 Inches (box)
Collectible 2-sided designer balloon dog figure in resin.
Limited Edition of 190 (#3/190).
Signed, dated and numbered by the artist on figure bottom.
Includes artist issued/signed COA.
New in original custom box.
*Note: also includes special 6x9 inch anatomical balloon dog mini-print on high-gloss photo paper.
ABOUT THE ART
"Today, I would like to introduce you to something that I am very proud of. Since I started working with balloon dogs as a base concept for my sculptures, I tried to implement a brand new and different approach to this subject. As we are all familiar with a beautiful shiny and reflective oversized upright standing balloon dog sculpture popularised by Jeff Koons, I always thought that this subject can be explored further.
What if their range of motion was greater than just standing upright? What if they could move around and be playful just like real dogs?
Those types of questions and a lot of divergent thinking led me to design various poses based on the classic shape of a party balloon dog. But why stop there?
If they can move, they need to have an internal structure ie bones, organs, muscles etc. As I started getting deeper and deeper into the analysis of the balloon dog as well as a real dog anatomy, I quickly found that artist Jason Freeny has already approached this subject by creating his version of the skeletal structure which is also accurate with a real dog skeleton, which I find impressive. We even collaborated on the vinyl version of dissected POPek the pooping balloon dog with an exposed skeleton which was produced by MightyJaxx. Taking it all into account, I spent very long hours figuring out how the dog muscle structure could be adapted to a balloon dog. Finally, after a few months, I figured it out. I managed to design a muscle structure for a balloon dog that not only complements previous artists but also it is anatomically accurate with the muscles of a real dog.
I then looked into the anatomical study drawings by Leonardo da Vinci as an inspiration for the style for the included mini- print. With the vintage tone of the paper and brownish colour palette and dotted shading. of each muscle, this print pays homage to the great artists that came before. It complements their work and positions itself in the middle of the previously mentioned artworks.
I am super excited to introduce to you a brand new balloon dog. No joke. Another one is here but this time with a different twist. I committed myself to analyse a real dog's anatomy and creating a structure that could be applied to a balloon dog. Honestly, it took countless hours but I think it was absolutely worth the effort. It resulted in something no one has created before. In order to keep it anatomically correct I used my artistic license and added one muscle that cannot be found on a real dog. Would you be able to find it? I called it Pierzakus Supremus and it is located on the top of the balloon dog's head. With each purchase, you will receive a photo of the dissected balloon dog with every muscle named.
Without further ado, I am super excited to introduce to you an Anatomical Balloon Dog - Muscle Dissection."
- Sebastian Burdon aka Whatshisname