LOT S111 ALEX ISRAEL / THE BIGG CHILL, 2012-2013




Marble and styrofoam cup
5 x 3-1/2 x 3-1/2 inches (12.7 x 8.9 x 8.9 cm)
Edition 1 of 20
Auction estimate: $2,500




Courtesy of the artist and Peres Projects, Berlin



The Bigg Chill is named after the frozen yogurt shop that was opened by Alex Israel's
father in Westwood in 1987. It was where the artist spent many of his afternoons
throughout his childhood, and it remains (though no longer owned by his family) one
of the artist's favorite neighborhood spots for an afternoon snack or a late night
dessert. The white marble "vanilla" swirl was originally crafted in plastic by a fake
food master artist in Japan, based on Israel's photographs, before it was
reinterpreted in marble by artisans in Bolzano, Italy. The styrofoam cup is the same
make and model used by The Bigg Chill as their "small" size, and was purchased at
Smart & Final. Alex Israel is a Los Angeles-based artist whose recent and upcoming
solo exhibitions include LAXART, Los Angeles; Peres Projects, Berlin; Reena
Spaulings Fine Art, New York; Almine Rech Gallery, Paris; MOCA, Los Angeles and Le
Consortium, Dijon.



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