Gregory R. Miller & Co.


Jay Heikes

The first monograph on Jay Heikes’ alchemical transmutations of matter, from gelatin to horse hair.

The first major catalog on Minneapolis-based artist Jay Heikes (born 1975), this book surveys 20 years of an expansive oeuvre that includes sculpture, painting and installation. His heterogeneous practice mixes and reinterprets a kaleidoscopic array of media, activating stories, puns and irony in a cyclical meditation. Heikes’ sculptures look at once like they emerged from the earth and dropped from the sky: branching metal limbs that twist along the floor, wax- and horsehair-wrapped twigs, silver gelatin mounds, scattered orbs of indeterminate composition and slag-coated detritus.

Through his use of unexpected pairings of materials, his artistic approach reveals the precarious relationships that characterize the infinite matter of the universe. The son of a chemist and educator, he is particularly fascinated by the alchemy inherent in the never-ending transformation of one substance into another, revealing the histories and processes sometimes hidden below the surface of our natural and unnatural worlds.

Text by Jenelle Porter, Philippe Vergne, Sarah Lehrer-Graiwer. Interview by Hamza Walker.
Published 2021
DESIGN: Purtill Family Business
FORMAT: Hardcover, 8.75 x 11.75 in. / 160 pgs / 120 color.
ISBN: 9781941366318
PRICE: $45.00