WTG# 12345
blown glass
15.5"h x 17.25"w x 6"d

Doug Jeck

Traver Gallery is proud to present, body by Doug Jeck.

In this exhibition, Jeck features twelve strikingly austere unglazed terracotta busts, each one paired with a soundtrack of a humming human voice. With these heads he portrays the notion and phenomenon of body as a collective entity, i.e. body politic, body of evidence, body of knowledge, body of Christ, parent body, corporate body, student body, clay body, etc. Jeck says of this new body of work, "these head forms are purely inventions- intimations, not portraits. They are inanimate clay objects - my creative human threshold". The audible humming that is heard as you approach each bust is something of a portrait. Each track was recorded separately, from actual individual people who bear no resemblance to the clay head that contains their voice. This creates an accord/disjuncture between voice and clay that, at once, intimates the notion and phenomenon of a unified body/entity, yet peripherally alludes to its antithesis: mind/body dualism.