Accessibility mode is enabled

Skip to Top / Tab to View Menu Options
Skip to Left Navigation / Tab to View Content

Golden 1 Center Artworks Installed

Last month the Kings and the City of Sacramento unveiled artworks at the Golden 1 Center by Jeff Koons, Gale Hart, Bill Fontana and Bryan Valenzuela. 

“Missing the Mark” by Gale Hart is a series of sculptures resembling a disassembled dartboard.  Ten-foot darts, a terrazzo dartboard, a large-scale bronze hand holding a flight, and randomly placed numbers on the L Street sidewalk allude to the deconstruction of the game. In a broader sense, Hart asks, “What if the competitive aspect was eliminated? What if we didn’t keep score?” 

Missing the Mark by Gale Hart Missing the Mark by Gale Hart   

Missing the Mark by Gale Hart  Missing the Mark by Gale Hart  Missing the Mark by Gale Hart Missing the Mark by Gale Hart

From early childhood Gale Hart has had a fascination with creating objects out of nuts, bolts, scrap metal and wood, which evolved into an intensely energetic creative drive. She is a self-taught artist and has been showing her work throughout Sacramento since the early 1990’s. Her work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States including the Elliott Fouts Gallery, Sacramento; Bash Contemporary, San Francisco; Atelier 31, Seattle, WA; Gallery ten472, New York; and the New Leaf Gallery in Sonoma, CA. She conceived, curated and directed the “2nd Annual Circus Show and other Atrocities” in Sacramento and founded, directed and participated in “A Bitchin’ Space” in Sacramento. Hart approaches all of her work with an eye toward artistic sensibility and technical expertise. Her work has been reviewed in American Art Collector, the Sacramento Bee, Sacramento News and Review, and Sacramento Magazine. Gale is a local artist who works and lives in Sacramento.

“Sonic Passages” by Bill Fontana is a sound sculpture on the linear plaza on the north side of the arena. A matrix of 34 small speakers distributed among the planters on the plaza and on the two Green Wall sections facing the planters, yield an immersive sound experience. The sound mix will reflect Sacramento and the building itself.

Bill Fontana - 'Sound Passages'
Bill Fontana is an American composer and artist who has developed an international reputation for his pioneering experiments in sound. Since the early 1970’s Fontana has used sound as a sculptural medium to interact with and transform our perceptions of visual and architectural spaces. His work has been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Post Museum in Frankfurt; the Art History and Natural History Museums in Vienna; both Tate Modern and Tate Britain in London; the 48th Venice Biennale; the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne; the Art Gallery of NSE in Sydney; and the new Kolumba Museum in Cologne. He has completed major radio sound art projects for the BBC, the European Broadcast Union, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, National Public Radio, West German Radio (WDR), Swedish Radio, Radio France and the Austrian State Radio.

“Multitudes Converge” by Bryan Valenzuela consists of two channels of large, blue glass spheres that wind through the arena’s southwest escalator, and intersect, eventually merging into one channel. The 400 blown-glass globes are adorned with aquarelle designs of various shades of blue with reflective gold specks that hint at this area’s 19th century history. “Multitudes Converge” references a place where ideas and individuals congregate, with hopes of prosperity for the region.

Multitudes Converge by Bryan Valenzuela   Multitudes Converge by Bryan Valenzuela

Bryan Valenzuela resides in Sacramento and holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree from California State University, Sacramento. For over a decade, he has been perfecting a unique drawing technique involving the atomization of the figure by carving out shape and light with handwritten text. Though virtually unnoticeable from afar, once the viewer steps closer to each work they are engulfed in a barrage of words intermingled with other mixed media elements such as needle and thread, acrylic paint, and collage. He was awarded “Best in Show” at the 2015 California State Fair Fine Arts Competition. He has also participated in the “Big Names, Small Art Auction” at the Crocker Art Museum. When not working in the studio, he's composing and recording music, and performing and touring with the band Exquisite Corps.

“Coloring Book” by Jeff Koons stands taller than eighteen feet and is made from a mirror-polished stainless steel with transparent color coating. Coloring Book belongs to Koons’ iconic “Celebration” series, which was inspired by an enduring fascination with childhood experiences and childlike consciousness. Coloring Book is a multivalent sculpture that oscillates between the sculptural and painterly. It is static and monumental, yet also playful and unconstrained due to the expressive stokes of bright colors on the surface, which imitate the gesture of drawing. This will be the first version of Coloring Book to be permanently displayed in a public space.

Coloring Book by Koons  Coloring Book by Koons Coloring Book by Koons Coloring Book by Koons

Jeff Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania in 1955. He studied at the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 1976. Koons is one of the world’s most influential artists, known for creating such icons as Rabbit and Balloon Dog. Working with everyday objects, his work revolves around themes of self-acceptance and transcendence. 

Since his first solo exhibition in 1980, Koons’s work has been shown in major galleries and institutions throughout the world. His work was the subject of a major exhibition organized by the Whitney Museum of American Art, Jeff Koons: A Retrospective (June 27 - October 19, 2014), which traveled to the Centre Pompidou Paris (November 26, 2014 - April 27, 2015) and the Guggenheim Bilbao (June 12 - September 27, 2015). Recent exhibitions in Europe include Jeff Koons in Florence installed at Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, Florence, Italy (September 25 - December 28, 2015) and Balloon Venus (Orange), which was on view in the rotunda of the Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria (September 30 - March 13, 2016). Gazing Ball Paintings, Koons’s most recent series, was exhibited for the first time at Gagosian Gallery, New York (November 12 - December 23, 2015).  Koons’s work is in numerous public collections, such as the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), the Guggenheim Museum (New York, NY), Los Angeles County Museum (Los Angeles, CA), The Broad Art Foundation (Santa Monica, CA), The National Gallery (Washington, DC), Hirshhorn Museum (Washington, DC), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (San Francisco, CA), The Nasher Museum of Art (Durham, NC), Tate Gallery (London, UK), Stedelijk Museum (Amsterdam, the Netherlands), Museum Ludwig (Köln, Germany), and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Tokyo (Tokyo, Japan). 

Koons earned renown for his public sculptures, such as the monumental floral sculpture Puppy (1992), shown at Rockefeller Center and permanently installed at the Guggenheim Bilbao. Another floral sculpture, Split-Rocker (2000), previously installed at the Papal Palace in Avignon, Château de Versailles, and Fondation Beyeler in Basel, was most recently on view at Rockefeller Center in 2014.  Jeff Koons has received numerous awards and honors in recognition of his cultural achievements. Notably, Koons received the Governor’s Awards for the Arts “Distinguished Arts Award” from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; the “Golden Plate Award” from the Academy of Achievement; President Jacques Chirac promoted Koons to Officier de la Legion d’Honneur; and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton honored Koons with the State Department’s Medal of the Arts for his outstanding commitment to the Art in Embassies

Program and international cultural exchange. Koons has been a board member of The International Centre for Missing & Exploited Children (ICMEC) since 2002, and co-founded the Koons Family International Law and Policy Institute with ICMEC; for the purpose of combating global issues of child abduction and exploitation and to protect the world’s children.  Koons lives and works in New York City.