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Jedediah Caesar


Jedediah CaesarArtist’s Statement

I am interested in following the potential a given material contains until it is fixed into an object, then engaging with the object to undo this fixed state. My goal is to deconstruct heroic notions of authorship that underlay objects’ iconic status, and to recognize sculptures as the result of an accumulation of resources and negotiations, which intersect at the point of production. This admission engenders questions about how we as individuals and communities shape those negotiations within apparatus of spectacle and power.

My work explores the systems buried within urban and natural landscapes. My focus has ranged from geode beds to quarries, an exploratory mapping of California, and, more recently, the conceptual structure and practice of micro-nations. The complex relationship between these topographies and socio-political landscapes generates my work. Each place is an illustrative site that registers as a sublime natural space that becomes a complex civic space through performative and structural interventions. They are landscapes constructed by the intersection of conflicting social demands that are imprinted on the material site. I am interested in cycles of action and reaction that define these places and how this cycle reverberates in the production of art.

Biography

Select Solo Exhibitions from 2010-2014

2013
Rozoj, LA><ART, Los Angeles
Out where the stones grow like roses, Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles, CA

2012
ALBATROSS/ BADGERS/ CHIMPS/ DINO/ EMPIRE/ EXTENSOR/ FENCE/ GOLDEN/ GRANITE HILL/ HEAVENS/ INSIGNIFICANT/ LARK/ MR. TUX/ ORANGE PEEL/ PURPS/ RAMPA/ SWINGLES/ THIN SPOT/ UPSHOT/ WHITE KNIGHT/ YELLOW PAINT/ ZIPPER, D’Amelio Gallery, New York NY

2011
Soft Structures, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA

Select Group Exhibitions 2010-2014

2013
Made In Space, curated by Laura Owens and Peter Harkawik , Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2012
Venice Beach Biennial curated by Ali Subotnick. Venice, CA

2011
Undisclosed Destinations, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts, San Francisco, CA

2010
New Art for a New Century: Contemporary Acquisitions, 2000-2010, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA

Select Fellowships and Awards

2008
Harpo Foundation Grant, 2008 California Biennial, Orange County Museum of Art, Newport, CA

Select Community-based Artwork

2013
More Currency for Micronations, Glow Festival, Santa Monica, CA

2011
The Trap Door (with Shana Lutker), Human Resources, Los Angeles, CA

2008
Gleaner Stone, Culver City, CA

EDUCATION

MFA 2001
University of California, Los Angeles

BFA 1998
School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/ Tufts University

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