JPW3, Solid Single Burner
The visual foundation of the show is a collage of black-and-white newsprint lining the walls of the dramatically vertical gallery space, depicting full-bleed images of popcorn and the saw-toothed ridges of anechoic foam (the spiky interiors used to block sound in recording studios). This wallpaper, held intact with shiny flecks of electrical tape, seamlessly wraps the space including the backside of the anterior door. The newsprint represents a selection of the many-image tabloids of the artists’ design, and when combined with another essential material in his practice, hot wax, they become a transfer medium depositing the printed image from the sooty paper onto canvas and other surfaces.
This alchemy is displayed in four of the wall works combined with melted sunbursts of richly pigmented ink. One of these, “Ferrari Schematic with Single Solid Burner” (2014), which displays enigmatic images of both, worships the prowess of a Ferrari engine—the burning of fuel resulting in multitudes of synchronized explosions, like the frenetic popping of popcorn. A kernel of popped corn is just that, a tiny explosion as form and a manifestation of energy. Real popcorn encrusts the tabloid walls, and forms a luscious gunk ring around the interior of a large aluminum stew pot filled with periwinkle-colored opaque wax. Chains and rope and various wax-coated matter shoot up to the 20-foot ceiling in “Flamingo” (2014). A sculpture, it is also the source of energy and material for the other works, save for the cast aluminum “Silencer” (2013). The hot pot and coil of the single burner it rests upon is a reminder of the piece’s own making and the sweet burnt smell of liquid wax churning hot and translucent.