Duet: A Sculptural Collaboration by Doug Jeck and Christine Golden, Opens March 3 at Eutectic Gallery
Portland, Oregon, December 19, 2016--- Artists Christine Golden and Doug Jeck are known independently for their lifelike ceramic and mixed media sculptures. In October of 2016 the artists came together for a shared artist residency at Zanesville Ohio Ceramic Arts in Zanesville, Ohio to collaborate on a new body of work. Much like a musical composition for two performers, the duet between Doug Jeck and Christine Golden transpired in tandem to generate an inspired suite of sculptures. The finished collection of ceramic heads, titled Duet, will debut at Eutectic Gallery with an opening reception on March 3, 2017. The exhibit will be on view through March 25 with a special closing reception March 24 during the upcoming NCECA Conference, Future Flux, March 21-24. Both receptions are scheduled at the gallery from 6:00-9:00, and will be open to the public.
Each artist arrived at ZOCA in Zanesville with a variety of equivalent clay heads in various stages of completion; some were blank slabs, others had fully formed and resolved features. Unaccustomed to one another’s method of sculpting, Jeck and Golden exchanged the sculpted heads and intuitively reconstructed or deconstructed each piece. Working side-by-side lead to the constant sharing of techniques, ideas, and personal anecdotes. Likewise, the consistent exchange of heads between artists resulted in unexpected and exciting responses that took each piece into uncharted territory. This dynamic situation is visually evident in the seamless cohesion and the psychological landscape of each sculpture.
Golden and Jeck had an uncanny accordance when determining the point in which each piece should be complete. Sometimes trading the heads up to 6 times before resolution was agreed upon. The repeated sharing, reflecting, and reworking produced a collection of works with truly collaborative authorship.
“We weren’t sure where we’d go or what we’d do with this residency. I honestly didn’t know what to expect, and frankly I was intimidated at first.“ Christine Golden
“I had to figure out a completely different way to negotiate the emergence of a face, and psyche with the heads that Christine started. It pushed us both to figure out what is habitual for us, and how to jettison that, something that is always a good thing for artists to do.” Doug Jeck
“Working side by side for a week, we had some really deep conversations about life and art and what it means. I think those conversations are visible in the work. These pieces are one, they’re ours. The idea of refinement has come up because we have come to this place where they can live on their own, but they’re not up to the refinement that we typically do on our individual work. There’s not enough time for that level of refinement. We contemplated splitting the heads and completing them separately, but then the pieces Doug completed would look more like his traditional work, and mine would look more like my style. That would defeat the purpose of the collaboration. “ Christine Golden
“It’s like a concerto for two pianos. Take one part away and there’s no music that exists. They don’t exists without each others hand or mind.” Doug Jeck
Videographer Doug Swift documented the collaboration between Christine Golden and Doug Jeck, candidly capturing the progression and deliberations of the duet in this video. Images of the artists, collaboration and finished work can be found here. The complete collection of eleven finished sculptures can be seen at Eutectic Gallery during normal business hours between March 3-25, or by appointment by emailing gallery co-owner and curator Brett Binford at email@example.com . Both artists and Brett are available for interviews and commentary upon request.
About Eutectic Gallery
Eutectic Gallery is an all ceramic contemporary art gallery, representing both established and up-and-coming artists locally, nationally and internationally. Exhibitions revolve around a common theme and co-owner Brett Binford curates groups of artists who often interpret that theme in very unique and innovative ways. Eutectic partners with the local and national arts community through organizing and presenting artist talks, residency opportunities, and educational partnerships. Located at 1930 NE Oregon St and 20th. Gallery Hours: Monday through Thursday, 10:00 - 5:30 and Friday and Saturday 10:00 - 6:00. First Friday receptions from 6:00 - 9:00. Visit www.eutecticgallery.com for more information.