The UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) is pleased to announce a new exhibition featuring work by Jay Heikes, the Minneapolis-
International Archives 1st half of 2018
Exhibition February 14 -
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Jay Heikes, Zs, 2017. Steel slag, salt, glue, pigment, ink, fiberglass, rubber snakes, copper wire, acorn husks, rocks, dirt. 51 x 38 x 4 in. Courtesy of the artist and Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York and Aspen.
The son of a chemist, Heikes likens his practice to a form of alchemy, and his work often evokes a sense of curiosity about the potential transformation of material objects. Moreover, as a former musician, music remains an integral aspect of his practice, which also encompasses drawing, painting, sculpture, video, and other forms. Two drawings from Heikes’s "Music for Minor Planets" series, which fuse the visual aesthetics of musical notation and galactic constellations, are included in his MATRIX presentation. A nearby sculpture installation, also titled Minor Planets, extends the visual metaphor of heavenly bodies with earthbound orbs made from such alchemically significant materials as bismuth, Gladstone ore, asphaltum, copper, and lignum vitae.
Jay Heikes / MATRIX 269 also includes a selection of paintings from the "Z” series made in Marfa that reference the last letter of the alphabet through such eclectic materials as salt, steel slag, copper, fiberglass, acorn husks, and snakes. He developed the paintings as a way to signal the limits of rational language. A different kind of visual metaphor is suggested by two large-
“In addition to activating a reflection on our cultural moment, the works in MATRIX 269 highlight Heikes’s commitment to the material properties of the art object and his probing of potential form,” said Apsara DiQuinzio, BAMPFA’s curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator. “Together, the works embody the artist’s longing for transcendence amid the deluge of negative media in the wake of the 2016 presidential election, and the attendant demonizing rhetoric of the Other.”
As the first MATRIX artist of 2018, Heikes joins a distinguished roster of contemporary artists who have presented work through the program over the past 40 years, including Jean-
Jay Heikes / MATRIX 269 is organized by Apsara DiQuinzio, curator of modern and contemporary art and Phyllis C. Wattis MATRIX Curator, with Matthew Coleman, curatorial assistant. The MATRIX Program is made possible by a generous endowment gift from Phyllis C. Wattis and the continued support of the BAMPFA Trustees.