Jesse Wine Both
The installation is composed of various fragments and sculptural forms - miniature houses, limbs, branches, a slice of mattress - which offer glimpses of the artist’s personal history. These elements form an oneiric tableau; what should sink floats, what should continue or connect to a larger body splits off, morphing into another object.
And yet the houses are not ornamented or detailed with Wine’s biography. Instead, they are open and symbolic, sparsely populated with little poetic items. The hand and foot in each respectively appear to be growing out of the structures, as if ready for escape. The falling leaves and empty branches they contain speak to the passing of time and their walls offer a fragile, makeshift shelter. This quality results from Wine’s production process, in which he dipped sections of cardboard in wax, cast them in bronze and welded them together.
Together the sculptures, poised between activity and repose, capture time elapsing across a single day but also speak to longer temporal rhythms via the falling leaves and oxidised copper of J.W. . The installation shifts between interior and exterior space both physically and psychologically, hard surfaces bely their soft depiction and static postures remain nonetheless indecisive, hesitant even. These contrasts create a restless tension. The show untethers questions of meaning and belonging; neither are where we expect to find them.
126 x 69 x 44 cm 49 5/8 x 27 1/8 x 17 3/8 in
94 x 74 x 44 cm 37 x 29 1/8 x 17 3/8 in
Ceramic, sand and paint
30.5 x 175.3 x 50.8 cm 12 x 69 x 20 in
35 x 50 x 33 cm 13 3/4 x 19 3/4 x 13 in
Ceramic, sand, paint, steel
243.8 x 101.6 x 101.6 cm 96 x 40 x 40 in
59 x 49 x 42 cm 23 1/4 x 19 1/4 x 16 1/2 in