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Jay Heikes, Beyond Zebra, 2016, pigmented mortar, burlap, salt, latex, glue, steel, slag, rubber hose, wood, 37 × 29 × 1 1/2".

Jay Heikes

Federica Schiavo Gallery | Milan

Jay Heikes, Beyond Zebra, 2016, pigmented mortar, burlap, salt, latex, glue, steel, slag, rubber hose, wood, 37 × 29 × 1 1/2".

“Zorro was here!” a friend quipped upon seeing the images in “No future ism,” the Jay Heikes exhibition that inaugurated Federica Schiavo Gallery’s new Milan venue. Who could disagree? The thick paintings-cum-sculptures by this Minneapolis-based artist were studded with a series of zigzags, sometimes delineated in copper wire, sometimes drawn with iron filings and glue, sometimes simply carved into the depth of the material. The works as a whole (all from 2016 and titled Zs except one, Beyond Zebra) seemed to convey that the masked avenger had relentlessly written his signature on every available surface.

Heikes would probably not take offense at the comment, given that he does not turn up his nose at references to popular culture, much less irony. In the deliberately vague press release, the artist evokes the space of freedom and creativity accessed via sleep, the onomatopoeic

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