Jedediah
Caesar

Born 1973, Oakland, CA
Lives and works in Los Angeles, CA

Year created:
2012
Jedediah Ceaser, Californianian

Jedediah Ceaser. Californianian. 2012. Variable materials. 

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variable materials
Courtesy of the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects and D’Amelio Gallery, New York
Exhibit Date: 
On View May 26, 2012 - Aug 12, 2012

No longer on view.

Jedediah Caesar materializes the intangible elements of space, time, and travel through his condensation, combination, and repositioning of found objects. Using natural and manmade refuse, the artist typically encases combinations of these items in pigmented resin, creating blocks of objects which, previously dissociated from one another, now become literally and metaphorically bound together. 

Created for the exhibition PLATFORM 9: Jedediah Caesar (May 26-August 12, 2012), Californianian, represents the second of two works resultant of the artist’s interaction with deCordova’s campus. After selecting a site, Caesar dug a roughly triangular pit which would dictate the general shape and form of both works in very different ways. For the first work, monoprint/V (no longer on view), the artist created a multi-color cast of the topography of the hole. Carefully removed from the earth, inverted and displayed within the Museum, the cast retains components of the land—dirt, roots, rocks—thus bringing elements of the Sculpture Park into the Museum and intimately tying the work to its original site. 

Conversely, Californianian uses the pit as a receptacle for found discarded objects collected by the artist in his native California. The refuse was carefully composed within the depression, creating a work that re-presents this strange collection of detritus within nature. By relocating the objects to this site, the artist directs the viewer’s attention explicitly to the concentrated amalgamation of items as well as implicitly to the context from which they were removed. Viewers are invited to meditate on the connection that these materials have to their place of origin thousands of miles away, to each other, to this new and unlikely site, and, ultimately, to the viewers, themselves. Californianian will remain in the Sculpture Park for one year, allowing the forces of time and nature to act upon, and ultimately change, the work. 

Jedediah Caesar was born in Oakland, CA and lives in works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and his MFA from the University of California, Los Angeles. Caesar has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as D’Amelio Gallery and D’Amelio Terras, New York, NY; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA; and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Culver City, CA Additionally, his work is in the permanent collections of The New Museum, New York, NY; Saatchi Gallery, London, England; The Blanton Museum, University of Texas at Austin, TX; and The Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA. 

This installation was created as part of the exhibition PLATFORM 9: Jedediah Caesar previously on view at deCordova from May 26-August 12, 2012.