A balloon of a moon has come to rest outside 21c Museum Hotel Bentonville. The creation of French multi-media artist Bruno Peinado, this globule (a miniature globe or planet) suggests grey and white patterned ball or balloon during daylight hours, and glows from within after dark. The topographical mapping appears only on the front of the sculpture; the artist leaves the back a matte grey, referencing both “the dark side of the moon,” and the view of the night sky visible during a lunar eclipse. Working in sculpture, painting, installation, and performance, Peinado appropriates imagery from sources ranging from science to advertising to psychology, surfboard, disco balls, and more, creating unexpected juxtapositions of materials, scale, and subject matter. The moon’s presence may be ubiquitous; Peinado’s transformation of Earth’s closest cosmic neighbor into an art object a fraction of the moon’s size is playful and provocative, illuminating a new perspective on our world, both near and far.
About the Artist: Born in Montpellier, Bruno Peinado is a French artist who lives and works in Douarnenez, France. In 2006 he was nominated for the prestigious Marcel Duchamp Prize. His work has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout Europe, including the Louvre, Paris; 21 Rozendaal Museum, Enschede, The Netherlands; and at the Lisbon Biennial. Untitled Globule Ubiquity was presented at Skyway 09 in Torun, Poland, the birth city of renowned astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (1473-1543). Peinado teaches at the European School of Art of Bittany in Quimper, France with his wife, artist Virginie Barré.