United States of America, 1958
American artist Jedd Novatt is a sculptor of international renown. He has been employing and manipulating key minimalist visual and material tropes — the cube, unyielding medium, towering scale— in order to evolve the now long-stalled project [minimalism] beyond its traditional static and reflexive nature. As if arrested in a process of being formed from the primordial state of disorder to which the series title alludes, in a perpetual state of becoming, they inspire awe and impart grand emotions unfamiliar in the history of minimalism. Novatt seizes the raw qualities of materials, such as steel or bronze, to magnify their own notions of purity, power, permanence or stoicism. Instability and irregularity engagingly give rhythm to the cubic matrix liberated from geometry as the latter is deconstructed, dislocated and emptied. The complexity of the structure defying physics and human apprehension sets new hypothesis in the history of abstract sculpture placing doubt in the centre of the artistic quest.
Born in NY in 1958, Jedd Novatt graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in Bronxville, New York. His exhibitions include Pérez Art Museum, Miami, USA; Butler Institute of American Art, Youngstown, USA; Brown Harts Garden, Westminster Council City of Sculpture Festival, London, UK; La Piscine, Musée d'Art et d'Industrie André Dilgent, Roubaix, France; Sotheby’s "Beyond Limits" at Chatsworth, Chatsworth, UK; Museum of Art, Boca Raton, Florida, USA. City of Deba, Spain,
Novatt's work is part of many private and public international collections such as City of Bilbao, Spain; Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, USA; Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Holding Capital Group, New York, USA; Melville Industrial Associates, Melville, USA; MIT-List Visual Arts Centre Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, USA; Oklahoma Heritage Centre Oklahoma City, USA; Palmer Museum of Art, Pennsylvania State University, University Park, USA, , Miami, USA, Chatsworth House Trust, Derbyshire, UK, Siena Heights University, Adrian, MI Middlebury College Museum of art, Town of Yountville, California, USA, Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Atlanta, GA, USA
Image: Photo by Jedd Novatt Wikimedia.Commons