PLATFORM 9: Jedediah Caesar

DeCordova Exhibits
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On View May 26, 2012 - Aug 12, 2012

Los Angeles-based artist Jedediah Caesar creates sculptures from amassed and congealed materials that speak to process, temporality, and location in contemporary art.  Filling containers with found objects from a specific site—a road trip through California, a neighborhood in Los Angeles, or his own studio—Caesar collects and recombines a variable grouping of natural and man-made refuse which he sets in resin and then slices. The result is a compression and reorganization of time and place into forms that flirt between the abstract and real, painting and sculpture, and old and new.

Caesar’s sculptural practice of collecting, condensing, and re-presenting found and often discarded materials becomes a post-industrial interpretation of geological processes. The thin slices of these object-laden bricks, akin to a geologic cross-section, resemble the intricate patterning of speckled marble and follow a similar logic of formation: compression, secretion, and metamorphism. Accordingly, his work is often inspired by the crystalline forms of geodes, the transformation of limestone into marble, and the visual layers of time exposed in each and every slice of rock. These natural, time-based processes find their sculptural translation in Caesar’s work in form and concept, as he reverse engineers their aggregate formation.

PLATFORM 9: Jedediah Caesar presents new work that explores the artist’s broader practices as they pertain to land and site—specifically to that of deCordova’s landscape. For this exhibition, Caesar will present  new outdoor installation, sculpture, video, and printed matter along with his sculptural cuts that collectively reflect on place as a temporal, social, and sculptural material.

PLATFORM is a series of solo exhibitions by early- and mid-career artists from both the New England and national arts communities. These shows focus on work that engages with deCordova's unique architectural spaces and social, geographical, and physical location. The PLATFORM series is intended as a support for creativity and expression of new ideas, and as a catalyst for dialogue about contemporary art.

PLATFORM 9: Jedediah Caesar will be accompanied by an online brochure and is curated by Dina Deitsch, Curator of Contemporary Art.

The 2011-2012 PLATFORM series is generously funded by James and Audrey Foster.

All programs are free with Museum admission.

Family Day: Play
Saturday, June 9, drop-in anytime 11 am–3 pm

Visit deCordova as a family to explore how contemporary artists incorporate play into their artwork and processes. Find and experiment with new materials, create a
collaborative structure with new friends, discover new sculpture in the Park, and explore the summer exhibitions.

2012 Family Programming is made possible, in part, through a grant from the Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation, Inc.

PLATFORM Discussion series
Saturday, June 23, 2 pm

Join exhibiting artist Jedediah Caesar in a discussion exploring issues of site interventions, urban grit, and other characteristics of Los Angeles-based art.