Read the original article from The Sacramento Bee by Victoria Dalkey. First, there’s the guy in the top hat, bathrobe and joke X-ray specs. Then there’s the guy dressed as Baby New Read more
Read the original article from Square Cylinder by Julia Couzens. Spiky, bulbous, dumb, and perverse, Robert Ortbal’s sculptures exist in a realm between painting and sculpture. Ambitious in scope, their impact comes Read more
Read the original article on The Sacramento Bee by Victoria Dalkey. Keeping an eye on the up-and-coming has been a tradition at JayJay. Scouting out new talent at area graduate schools, JayJay’s Read more
Read the original article on Squarecylinder by David Olivant. Eleanor Wood’s austere, elegant works on paper continue to develop at a measured, incremental pace, typical of much minimalist-inflected abstraction, and as Read more
Read the original article on The Sacramento Bee’s Art Review by Victoria Dalkey. ‘Misc,” the title of Trent Burkett’s show of sculptures at JayJay, stands for miscellaneous, a word he defines Read more
Dean DeCocker & Peter Wayne Lewis @ JayJay JAYJAY’s current shows Dean DeCocker: Specific to the Pacific and Peter Wayne Lewis: Temporal Paintings were reviewed this week on Squarecylinder.com. You can read the article Read more
David Wetzl @ JayJay Read the full article on Square Cylinder, published 4 January 2015. A widely shared expectation for artists is that they reflect the historical moment they inhabit. Wetzl accepts that Read more
Featured piece: Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, by Michael Stevens.
Cock-A-Doodle-Doo opens to a pastoral scene. It is in stark contrast to the foreground of the work. A rooster becomes slowly entangled with a pair of snakes while an idealized farm boy looks towards the horizon. The herd of sheep that he is tending to, graze along the grassy banks of a calm reflective creek. This dichotomy that is witnessed is an attribute that Stevens is known for.
Stevens takes his audience and places them in his visual time machine that transports us back to a simpler era. The sweetness is deceiving as the 1930’s and 40’s retain an idyllic reminiscence that preserves the good and edits out the sordid underbelly. Stevens’ aptitude to construct a theatrical performance within his work is haunting and rife with psychological contrasts.
According to Stevens, the rooster represents a certain political figure. There is no need to mention his name, we hear it enough. The snake in most cultures represents a creative life force, transformation, rebirth, fertility, immortality and healing. More specifically the rattlesnake represents independent spirit and a resistance to tyranny.
Rejuvenation is in order. It is time for the snake to shed its skin.
For a closer look at Cock-A-Doodle-Doo, as well as other works by Stevens, visit JAYJAY Wed-Sat, 11am-4pm!
5524 B Elvas Ave.
Sacramento, CA 95819
Gallery Hours by appointment