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If R. Kelly believes he can fly, then we can believe that a Space Jam-themed exhibit is showing in Chelsea right now—but just barely. Gothamist spotted a new exhibit that opened this weekend at the Marlborough Chelsea featuring a collection of large paintings and sculptures by the Los Angeles-based artist Devon Troy Strother that were inspired by the 1996 sports-cartoon crossover film starring Michael Jordan and simply titled "Space Jam." (Are you freaking out yet?)
The gallery writes that the artist, who was born in 1986 and obviously succumbed to the film's great powers, "looked towards Space Jam as a sentiment, a film he grew up with, but also a play on words: 'space' in relation to being challenged with Marlborough Chelsea's large space, and 'jam' as a verb meaning to do something quickly, art and growth in this case." But wait—it gets better.
Read between the lines of the art, housed in a space that's been outfitted with two basketball courts and stock carpet "depicting outer space, typically for outfitting movie theaters or children's daycares," and examine the "darkness" behind the movie that you'll never look at the same way again: "There is also the allusion to space, from the exhibition's name to the gradients in the paintings that reference Jordan's limbo state in the film. The feeling of the unknown and darkness are ever present."
See Jordan's state of limbo and darkness embodied below, and make plans to see this exhibit at least once before it closes on February 14th.
Photo: Marlborough Chelsea/Facebook
· 'Space Jam'-Inspired Art Exhibit Opens in Chelsea [Gothamist]