Since receiving his BFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in 1998, Los Angelesbased artist Jedediah Caesar has gained international recognition for sculptures that amass found materials into systems that reveal new patterns, often abstract, sometime social. Gathering natural and man-made debris like stones, packaging, and scraps, Caesar preserves them in a range of forms, including colored resin slices, impressions cast in clay, and raw assemblages. What results are works that evoke archeological strata, geodes, and fossilsforms at once raw and complex, echoing a mysterious past and an immediate present. Composed as wall installations that cling to architecture or freestanding sculptures, Caesars work exudes a blunt it is what it is presence, but with a highly visceral, permeable density that hints at greater depth.
For the MFA, Caesar is creating new works inspired by his visits to the MFA collections and surrounding neighborhoods and towns. The exhibition heralds Caesars return to Boston and his first solo museum exhibition since 2007.