Ed Ruscha, Fountain of Crystal (2009)
“‘A fountain of spraying crystal erupted around them’ in this work is a quote from Crash by J.G. Ballard — the first of his books that I read. It is like your windshield breaking in front of you and the shattering glass. This book hit me between the eyes.” – Ed Ruscha
Tacita Dean, Teignmouth Electron, Cayman Brac (Ballard) (1995)
“Even before I found Teignmouth Electron beached in the scrub on Cayman Brac, I had imagined it in the writings of J.G. Ballard. So in 1998, I sent him a photograph of Donald Crowhurst’s trimaran, abandoned in the undergrowth of the small Caribbean island.
“I wondered what Ballard felt about Crowhurst. He replied that he’d never taken much notice of Crowhurst and thought him a foolish man, but that the boat reminded him of the crashed Second World War aircraft they were still finding in the jungles of Pacific islands. This was the heart of Ballard’s vision — the object at odds with its function and abandoned by its time.” – Tacita Dean
Adam McEwen, I'm So Tired 139 (2007)
“… The spiral staircase leading up to first class on early 747s seems very Ballard: a portal to hidden sexual fantasy on board a technological marvel that threatens to smash into the earth at any second. Obliteration and orgasm. I think of that every time I see a plane’s wheels touching down, with that spurt of smoky ejaculate shot out the back.” – Adam McEwen
Loris Gréaud, The Future (2009)
“So far J.G. Ballard is my most important influence. His idea of the death of reality, the suburb, the future, have completely changed my vision of the present world and made me aware of what we don’t see but what is constantly present.” – Loris Gréaud
Carsten Holler, Giant Triple Mushroom (2010)
“My work is not a reflection on J.G. Ballard’s writing; it’s more that these mushrooms literally crash and form a new body. It’s not a sexual thing like in Crash, but it works on a similar level metaphorically. It’s about fragmentation, poison, paradise, cuts and wounds.” – Carsten Holler
All images courtesy of the Gagosian Gallery. Main image: Dan Holdsworth, Untitled (Autopia), 1998.