The Jeff Koons Collective (JKC) is a group of young people who are working with Brighton Museum & Art Gallery on the upcoming Jeff Koons exhibition. Each of us has worked with the museum at some point in the past, and that’s why we were invited together for this project.
Personally, I joined the group as part of my “trying new things” year and because it seemed like a unique experience. I’m still not sure what I want to do as a career yet, and this gives the opportunity to do things I wouldn’t have even thought about before. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first, but a few weeks in I’m glad I signed up anyway.
So, what exactly have we been doing?
Well, first of all we took some time to look at the work of Jeff Koons and really study the pieces that would be coming to the gallery. To be honest, I didn’t like it to begin with. Its unusual and at first glance uninteresting. What’s so special about a case of basketballs anyway?
But then we looked closer and started thinking about the meaning behind it and I guess they grew on me.
Like with a lot of other contempory art, until you stop and think about it, it’s all just a little strange. It’s not exactly what comes to mind when you think about art, and its probably quite a surprise to walk in and see it in a gallery, but does that mean it’s not art? I’m getting slightly off topic here but it opens the doors to these kind of discussions and everyone has their own opinion on the matter. It all comes back to individual taste.
Getting back on track now, after looking at his work, it was time to start thinking about the actual exhibition and there’s a lot more to do than I would have ever thought. Cue lots of meetings with lots of different important people.
The main things that the JKC are focusing on are merchandise and events. At this point I don’t want to give too much of it away, but I will tell you now that it’s going to be one hell of an awesome ride!
Charlie, Jeff Koons Collective member