Jedediah Caesar Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Jedediah Caesar
Dry Stock


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)


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)


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)


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.

Jedediah Caesar's Biography

Jedediah Caesar
1973 Born, Oakland California
Lives and works in Los Angeles


3 Views from Space, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York
Blanton Museum of Art, Austin, TX
Susanne Vielmeter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles

Done by the Forces of Nature, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles

Jedediah Caesar (with Brad Phillips), Andrew Kreps Gallery, New York

Jedediah Caesar, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles


Whitney Biennial 2008, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Circumventing the City, D’Amelio Terras, New York
Paper Bombs curated by Bart Exposito, Jack Hanley Gallery, Los Angeles

Jessica Stockholder, Jedediah Caesar, Markus Amm, Garth Weiser, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
Trace, Whitney Museum of American Art at Altria, New York

Take it Further! curated by Gyonata Bonvicini, Andrew Mummery Gallery, London
Ask the Dust, D’Amelio Terras Gallery, New York
Sculpture -Nouvelles formes, Galerie Nathalie Obadia, Paris
Sugartown, Elizabeth Dee Gallery, New York
Fearless Vampire Killers, Casey Kaplan 10-6, New York
Thing, Hammer Museum and Cultural Center, Los Angeles
The Altoids Collection, The 7th Annual Altoids Collection, Consolidated Works, Seattle, WA
Blue Star Art Complex, San Antonio, TX
Soo Visual, Minneapolis, MN
New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York
Luckman Center for Visual Arts, Los Angeles.

Rule the Wasteland, Locust Projects, Miami
Strange Animal, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, (in conjuction with High Desert Test Sites 4, Joshua Tree)
Black Dragon Society, Apex Art, New York
Surface Tension, Lombard-Fried Fine Arts, New York
Run For The Hills, Locust Projects, Miami

Hitoshi Nishiyama, Jedediah Caesar,Robert Billings, Hiromi Yoshii Gallery, Tokyo, Japan
3D4Deep, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles
…Butt Seriously, Moore Space, Miami
High Desert Test Sites 2, Joshua Tree
Win, Lose or Draw, Black Dragon Society, Los Angeles

New Sculpture, Roberts and Tilton Gallery, Los Angeles
Jack Tilton/ Anna Kustera Gallery, New York
Beautiful Artists, curated by Yutaka Sone, Yamaguchi Institute of Art, Yamaguchi, Japan
Drawing Show, Black Dragon Society, Vienna

Face Off, The Smell, Los Angeles
Frozen Wisdom: Jedediah Caesar and Craig Dongoski, Raymond Lawrence Gallery, Atlanta
MFA Thesis Exhibition, Wight Gallery, UCLA, Los Angeles
The Panoptic Mind, Eyedrum Gallery, Atlanta

Jedediah Caesar and Sue Maing, Welsh-Beck Gallery, Los Angeles