Selected works by Jedediah Caesar

Jedediah Caesar
Dry Stock

2007

Urethane resin, polyester resin, pigment, aluminium, titanium, wood, and mixed media. 29 panels (28 installed, 1 leaning)

Approximately 7 1/2 x 17 1/2 feet x 3/4 inches
Comprised of 29 individual panels assembled as one large piece, Jedediah Caesar’s Dry Stock is a ‘painting’ that might best be described as a sculpture. To make this work Caesar collected the dirt and other items meant for the trash from carpentry and metal cutting factories and used them as ‘pigments’ and readymade shapes of colour and texture for his abstraction. Sealing these within a large solid block of resin which was then sliced into thin segments, the tiny objects suspended in the work’s surface give the effect of giant microscopic slides. Presented in chronological order, the tableau reads from top to bottom like a film strip, scrutinizing the dissected progression of objects in space. Through recycling the inevitable waste of production, Caesar approaches making as a form of hyper-efficiency, transforming excess and offscourings into an infinitely detailed and beautiful abstraction.
Jedediah Caesar
Untitled (Glyph Cube)

2008

Wood, polystyrene, resin

40.6 x 40.6 x 27.9 cm
Using the archetypical minimalist cube as a departure point for embellishment, Caesar’s Untitled (Glyph Cube) is made from discarded objects cast in a block of resin; the rectangular shape is cut from a larger mass to reveal the textures and colours of the embedded materials.
With the varied patterns replicating drawing, carving, or fossil formations, Caesar transforms a cube’s expected visual purity into a platform for information overload. The sculpture’s battered looking facades are reminiscent of both ancient hieroglyphs and street graffiti, posing suggestive coded meanings and narratives.
Jedediah Caesar
Untitled (White Domino)

2006

Resin, pigment, studio detritus

5 parts, dimensions variable, each piece approx 38.1 x 38.1 cm
Caesar’s Untitled (White Domino) progresses the strategies of process art, creating finished pieces which are conceptually streamlined and aesthetically savvy. Cut from the same block,
each of the components is a cross section exposing the various materials suspended in the tinted resin, giving the impression of prehistoric drawings or excavated treasures found in slabs of exotic minerals. Presented in a henge-like arrangement, Caesar’s sculptures pose as luxuriant ruins, eliciting mysticism and wonder from a contemporary ‘archaeology’.
Jedediah Caesar
Helium Brick (detail)

2008

Polyester resin, polystyrene, pigment, wood

132.1 x 132.1 x 254 cm
Caesar’s Helium Brick cleverly conceives the act of making as a process of decay. The large block structure is made from Styrofoam which was then coated with Caesar’s trademark
coloured resin. Reminiscent of Gustav Metzger’s Auto-Destructive art, the two chemically incongruous materials reacted, and the Styrofoam was eaten away, creating an strange stucco-like surface. Mounted on shipping crates Helium Brick looms with alien presence, its texture suggesting something biological and unnatural, framing his sculpture as a specimen of dubious origin.

Other Resources

artfacts.net
Additional information and images - Jedediah Caesar

artnet.com
Various and images - Jedediah Caesar

artists.org
Modern and contemporary artists and art - Jedediah Caesar

damelioterras.com
D’ Amelio Terras Gallery, New York - Representing gallery with biographical information and exhibition details

vielmetter.com
Suzanne Vielmetter - Representing Gallery, Berlin and Los Angeles

artnews.com
Article reviewing his work ‘Everyday Eden’, January 2008 issue.

nytimes.com
Review of Jedediah Caesar’s work in the D’Amelio Terras Gallery’s contribution to the Chelsea summer group show in August 2007.

galerie-obadia.com
Galerie Natalie Obadia - Representing gallery