jay sheldon

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Artist's Statement

In my work, I transform elements within the urban landscape by referencing what cities waste, consume, and produce. More precisely, my work considers what the city regurgitates. Its inhabitants produce unending amounts of trash with each passing second. What interests me the most about the trash is its journey above and below New York City.

This dirt, this germ, this piss, shit, paper, plastic, bits and pieces – this
filth. This entire waste meets at one particular moment in time and, in mere seconds, becomes an abstracted fossil smeared into the city sidewalk.

As an artist I see these moments, as tools for drawing and sculpture. They enable me to translate what I see into a pliable visual language. Millions of people each day are unaware that they are collaborating with me; they might see city life as dirty and filthy. However, I see it as “ The Big Beautiful Noisy World”

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Jay Sheldon

sheldon48@gmail.com
(917) 520-7566

Education
2000 Virginia Commonwealth University
1999 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
1998 Kansas City Art Institute BFA Sculpture

Awards
2000 International Sculpture Center Contemporary Student Sculpture Award
2000 James Bradford Award Virginia Commonwealth University
1999 Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture Fellowship Award
1999 Anderson gallery Sculpture Award, Richmond, Virginia

Selected Group Exhibitions
2007 The Drawing Center, “Non-Declarative Drawing” New York