Jay Heikes

Jay Heikes at work

Jay Heikes

Jay Heikes & Todd Norsten News

Highpoint artists Jay Heikes & Todd Norsten will be part of a group exhibition at Federica Schiavo Gallery in Rome, Italy starting on September 5 through October 1, 2016.  The exhibition is conceived to foster dialogue between different artistic practices that have in common the constant research of signs and symbols from the contemporary world, both real and digital.

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Left: Installation image of Jay Heikes’s exhibition ‘RA’ | Federica Schiavo Gallery | May 15 – July 2, 2014

Right: Installation image of Todd Norsten’s exhibition ‘The Heart of Everything That Is’ | Federica Schiavo Gallery | March 18 – May 7, 2016



Jay Heikes ‘No Future ism’ at Federica Schiavo in Milano

Jay Heikes’ latest exhibition, ‘NO FUTURE ISM’ is now on view at Federica Schiavo Gallery in Milan through November 11, 2016.

An excerpt of Heikes’ exhibition statement: NO FUTURE ISM is not a call to arms. And it is not a form of immolation. It is more like the variable in an experiment. I know the constant. I know taxes. I know practice. But what is the variable? That’s left for me to decide and I have to find the profound variable. In this case, the variable is a set of Zs that are in between days. What they document is the potential of the next thought, knowing that final representation buries itself, never to be fully redeemed.

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Pictured above: Jay Heikes | Zs | 2016 | fused glass | 71 x 33 x 1 cm
photo by Andrea Rossetti

Niet Voor Kinderen

Highpoint Editions is honored to present a group of prints resulting from our collaboration with visiting artist Jay Heikes. During the course of Heikes’ project with Highpoint, he explored the idea of the exquisite corpse– a surrealist parlor game–through cyanotype, lithography, and screenprinting. His explorations in printmaking led him from lithography and screenprinting to working by hand with asphaltum, a medium typically applied as a protective coating on etching plates. The resulting prints typify Heikes’ interest in pushing the physical and evocative properties of materials, using them in new and visually powerful ways.

At various moments throughout his career, Heikes has celebrated both the physical and mystical properties of his materials in an exploration of what might be considered alchemical processes more akin to the natural world than the art world. He has talked about finding a space in his work that is “just beyond corrosion, one of complete alienation between human and material where there are things to be discovered but also the possibility of destruction.” At Highpoint, his elemental investigations led him to asphaltum, a tar-like substance commonly applied to etching plates to protect them from unwanted scratches on the printing surface. Heikes proposed using this non-archival, decidedly untidy, and slightly noxious material in an unorthodox way – as ink -resulting in prints of extraordinary inventiveness and visceral power.

– Betsy Carpenter, Independent Curator

About the Artist

Jay Heikes (b. 1975, Princeton, NJ) holds degrees from the University of Michigan (BFA) and Yale University (MFA), and lives and works in Minneapolis, MN. His work has been collected and exhibited widely at galleries and museums in North America and Europe, including the Aspen Art Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia), P.S. 1 (New York), the New Museum of Contemporary Art (New York), and Walker Art Center (Minneapolis). Heikes participated in the 2006 Whitney Biennial, and is represented by Marianne Boesky Gallery in New York and Federica Schiavo Gallery in Rome, Italy.