Minneapolis-based Jay Heikes concluded his residency with an open studio at the Locker Plant in February 2017.
Heikes is known for his heterogeneous practice, which mixes and reinterprets a kaleidoscopic array of media—activating stories, puns, and irony in a cyclical meditation. His most recent body of work employs his preoccupation with the philosophical tradition of alchemy. Themes of evolution and regeneration, stasis and corrosion take form in his artistic actions, recharging Heike’s previous narrative pursuits and reaffirming the notion that mutation and change are essential to the creative process.
Jay Heikes was born in 1975 and lives in Minneapolis, MN. His solo exhibitions include Keep Out, Marianne Boesky Gallery, New York, NY (2017); No Future Ism, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Milan, Italy (2016); Music for Minor Planets, Shane Campbell Gallery, Lincoln Park, IL (2015); Necrophiliac, Grimm Gallery, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (2015); Niet Voor Kinderen, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Minneapolis, MN (2015); Jay Heikes | Dieter Roth, Reserve Ames, Los Angeles, CA (2015); Ra, Federica Schiavo Gallery, Rome, Italy (2014); Buried in the Bright, Aspen Art Museum, Aspen, CO (2012); Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA (2007); and The Hill Upstairs, P.S. 1 Contemporary Art Center, Queens New York (2005). He has participated in numerous group exhibitions nationally and internationally. Heikes holds a MFA from Yale University and a BFA from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.