Read the original article from The Sacramento Bee by Victoria Dalkey. Come September, JayJay, one of Sacramento’s most highly regarded galleries, will undergo a paradigm shift. When the gallery celebrates its 15th 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