Balls Together: The Friendship of Men

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    Photo: Dan Jurgens
1989
Wood, carpet, industrial sealing compound, enamel
46 x 58 x 41 inches

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Part sculpture, and part Christmas lawn art, Balls Together: The Friendship of Men is something of a self-portrait of the younger Dial, whose nickname is "Little Buck." The heads of three

Part sculpture, and part Christmas lawn art, Balls Together: The Friendship of Men is something of a self-portrait of the younger Dial, whose nickname is "Little Buck." The heads of three male deer—or bucks—grace the chair, two on the back posts and one on the arm. Each head is independent; each might stand alone. But in this work the three heads play off and support each other, resulting in a presentation more powerful than any single image. As the eldest son and namesake of the acclaimed artist Thornton Dial Sr., known as “Buck,” and the father of Thornton Dial III, a talented artist himself, Dial Jr. is clearly part of the triumvirate depicted in Balls Together: The Friendship of Men, which can be seen as his tribute to father-son relationships. It can also be viewed as a classic Dial Jr. take on male bonding.