JJ PEET, ‘Head Blocker’, 2012, Public Art Fund Benefit Auction 2015

Estimated value: $4,000

In his works on paper as much as in his assemblages, paintings, and video art, JJ Peet demonstrates an infectious curiosity and eagerness for experimentation. His abstract drawing Head Blocker reveals—through both its forceful lines and mixed overlapping materials—a probing and relentlessly questing sensibility at work.

Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and On Stellar Rays


JJ PEET works across different media and uses found materials to make art through which he reflects upon contemporary life, his place in the world, and his relationship to others. He incorporates such unlikely items as mouth guards, eyebrow hair, and socks into his sculptural assemblages, and his exhibitions feature paintings, mixed-media drawings, films, installations, and ceramics. The artist is especially drawn to ceramics, which he considers the most direct form of art making. PEET describes molding clay as a process that closely connects “brain to hand to object,” and sees each completed piece as a stand-in for himself. Some of his handmade cups are titled PROXY, alerting those who drink from them that they are holding a small piece of the artist himself.

American, b. 1973, Minneapolis, Minnesota, based in Brooklyn, New York

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