~JJ PEET . . MAGiCSTANCE – LAST DAY !!
oops, it’s summer !!
and you know, I’m thinking . . Christmas in July ?!!
while tomorrow, FRI JULY 31, 2015 . . . is the last day to catch . . JJ PEET downtown.
JJ PEET – MAGiCSTANCE
JUNE 17 – JULY 31, 2015
ON STELLAR RAYS – 1 RIVINGTON ST, LOWER EAST SIDE, NYC
more gallery info: on the show
PIX FROM THE OPENING – WED JUNE 17, 2015
we get ya, I think.
honeycombs are . . such an ‘mazing shape. natural technological wonder. futuristic and ancient, organic structure. but cereal ? so did we forget something ? cereal is supposed to be so ‘out’. and yet, eating them straight out of the box, never seemed so cool.
this guy can do . . NO WRONG IN MY BOOK.
even the Egyptians . . ate honey.
didn’t they find some thousand-year-old honey in a tomb, and wasn’t it still good, to eat ?
yes, yes and yes.
which brings us to the title of this show: ‘MAGiCSTANCE’ – !!
which refers to . . . “the idea that when a viewer is alert, aware, and attuned to a greater consciousness, unexpected connections and coincidences are more likely.”
and I would say from the subject matter – stay alert at all – times.
it’s scary – out there.
so, yeah. STAY – ALERT !! even without . . the ‘unexpected’ connections.
JJ PEET, ‘CLOWNEWS’, 2013.
ok, so this was the only piece with a ‘ceramic’ vessel, a hand-built ‘cup’ – in it. and although the clay cup was standard size, for JJ !! the piece, and actually – all the other pieces in the show – were actually kind of mini / nano in size – for what they actually were, which was wall- mounted multi-media sculptures – that posed many strange and wonderful objects against – the bad news of our cruel, nasty world as it turns, on its axis !! and pulls us along.
clay potters – aren’t just artisans, who are good with their hands. and, no – they don’t have their heads – in the clay, I mean . . sand.
well, the title surely makes clear, what the narrative-type image does . . express.
whereas the figure on the left – is all i-m-a-g-i-n-a-t-i-on !! contrast.
free-form, STAR WARS !! KAWS ? X marks the KAWS ?
I love how that super creative blob – is animated.
it’s my favorite one single element in the whole entire show.
what’s even more currr-ious is how JJ PEET has NO animals in his works, except for the humans, of course. I mean the web, social media – is absolutely overrun by pets, esp cats and dogs.
it’s amazing – you can see even the most hunky of guys, and they’re posting the cutest videos of their little kitty-cat furballs ?!!
must be the – stress ?!!
I was told that this exhibit was also very unique for JJ in that usually his ‘sculpture’ shows, as opposed to his pottery shows, are just all over the place – with pieces hanging from the ceiling, etc and free-standing etc, and I got the impression, somewhat chaotic – but this show was very precise, and just wall-mounted.
as you can see, the element of ‘light’ – and, in particular . . ‘cast’ colored light – was also a big part of the design. beautiful. transparent light vs opaque clay. light ‘art’ vs bad news.
it was also very binary – in contrast !! starting with the black line vs the purple ‘haze’, the well delineated vs the sublime drop-off. strangely, not too much cartoon imagery, if any. nor pets !!
honeycomb – yes. pets – NO. not even birds.
this one was the most Mad Max, futuristic, and the most brutal, and also had that ‘raising the red flag’, of danger – red light.
JJ PEET, made for contemplation.
JJ PEET, made in the USA.
PHOTOS: NANCY SMITH