Jack Daws | Sculpture

Available Work

Mixed media
9 x 4 x 4 inches
Edition of 10

Take one part Dada irreverence, two parts Art & Language sardonic wit, and one part Conceptualist art historical shrewdness, and you get a partial recipe of what informs the work of Jack Daws. This will be our first one-person exhibition of this emerging Northwest artist, and also Daws’ first with a commercial gallery. The show will feature sewn fabric flags, slightly altered readymade objects, photographs, and mixed media works made with such uncommon materials as coal, barbed wire, French fries, shelf paper, sand from Monument Valley, electrified fencing, and human bone.

The title of the most recent exhibition (August 2003), Kentucky Windage, references Daws’ rural upbringing and encapsulates his creative philosophy. ‘Kentucky windage’ is a shooting term which means to adjust one's aim instead of adjusting one's sights to compensate for wind that is blowing bullets off target. Depending on the circumstances, one might need to aim a little higher or to the right or to the left or whatever. The term is also used generally to refer to primitive ingenuity that produces some desired result. In Daws’ case, his skewed objects employ unusual means and materials for hitting dead-center political and conceptual ends, all with a decidedly Leftist point of view.

In a piece like MAMA TRIED, 2003, Daws takes a simple alteration to a found object and turns it into a charged polemic. By adding an electrified fence to a child’s playpen, Daws opens up a dialog about issues of protection. Who is being protected? The child? Someone from the child? Is the electric fence there to keep something in or something out? The piece also brings to light issues surrounding the penal system in the world, and discipline and punishment in general.

The Gallery originally introduced Daws’ flags in our STATES OF THE UNION exhibition last Fall. We exhibited the politically charged WHITE FLAG, 2002, an American flag completely bleached of its color, as well as PICKLED FLAG, 2002 which succinctly drew a line between preservationism and defamation. For the August 2003 exhibition, Daws updated the embroiled Confederate flag in RECONSTRUCTION, 2002 by utilizing the colors of the Ethiopian flag. In AGREEMENT, 2003, the centuries-long discord between Ireland and Great Britain is simply reconciled in Daws’ view by transposing the colors of the Irish flag onto those of the Union Jack.

Other works included: SKID, 2003, an expertly-crafted wood pallet covered in wood-grain shelf paper; SOLAR-POWERED COAL WINDMILL, 2003 (self explanatory); ANY PLACE BUT HERE, 2002, (seen at left) a gumball machine filled with prescription drugs (Paxil, Prozac, Ritalin, Valium, Vicadin, etc); TWO TOWERS, 2003, a large-scale photograph of twin towers made entirely out of McDonald’s French fries and ketchup; SUPER FEMUR, 2003, a human femur reinforced with rebar; and SISYPHUS, 2003, a boulder with car axles, mag wheels and a tow chain.

Daws was born in 1970 in Kentucky. He has been exhibiting in group shows in Seattle for the past 3 years including the last two NW Annuals at the Center on Contemporary Art (2001, 2002), the 2001 Pacific Northwest Annual at the Bellevue Art Museum, and numerous curated exhibitions at SOIL. He was included in the Noodleworks Invitational that produced the important LAVA 2002, a catalog of emerging Northwest artists. His controversial work, MISDEMEANOR SCULPTURE, 2002 (a cubic foot of concrete encasing less than an ounce of marijuana) will be included in Part II of International Abstraction: Making Painting Real at the Seattle Art Museum, which opened August 15th, 2003.

Available Work
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Chromogenic print of artist-made construction from McDonald's French fries and Heinz ketchup
photographed by Richard Nicol
50 x 40 inches, Edition of 10
$2,000. (price subject to change as edition sells out)

Details of TWO TOWERS

SERFS UP!, 2004
Chromogenic print of artist-made construction from sand from Florida
photographed by Richard Nichol
32 x 40 inches, Edition of 5
$2,000. (price subject to change as edition sells out)

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Hand forged and welded steel
31 x 8 x 3 inches, Multiple of 3

Block of fir, ream of paper
2 x 8.5 x 11 inches

ORIGINS OF THE WORLD (after Courbet), 2002
Framed magazine photos
17 x 21 inches
$1,500. framed

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Stitched nylon Confederate flag in the colors of the Ethiopian flag
48 x 72 inches, Edition of 10

Stitched cotton
72 x 48 inches Edition of 10
$2,000. (price subject to change as edition sells out)

Stitched nylon Union Jack flag in the colors of the Irish flag
48 x 72 inches, Edition of 10
$1,500. (price subject to change as edition sells out)

Installation view of all three flags

SUPER FEMUR, 2003 (detail at right)
Human femur, #3 rebar
2.5 x 19 x 3 inches

BASKETBALL WATERMELON, 2002 (close up of image area at right)
Framed chromogenic print
4 x 6 inches (photo size), Edition of 25
$400. framed

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DUNK, 2001
Basketball, glass fishbowl
10 x 10 x 10 inches

Chromogenic print, gold and lacquered frame
20 x 20 inches, Edition of 5

Installation view

Framed suite of 24 color photographs
4 x 6 inches each; 35.25 x 37.25 inches overall, Edition of 10
$1,500. framed

The artist writes:
"I bought a case of Lucky Lager on Good Friday, 2003. Over the weekend I painted the cans like Easter eggs. Early Easter Sunday I took the beers to the Pioneer Square District and left them in several alleys for people to find.

"An entire side of each can was left unpainted so that whoever found them would know what they were. Also, attached to the unpainted side of each can was a sticker that read Happy Easter."

Details of EASTER BEERS:

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Crutches, handcuffs
57 x 17 x 2 inches

framed photograph
8 x 10 inches, Edition of 10
$500. framed (price subject to change as edition sells out)

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Paint on plastic bobble head
8 x 4 x 4 inches, Edition of 25
$200. each (price subject to change as edition sells out)

SISYPHUS, 2003 (details at right)
Boulder, Ford auto wheels, Traction King tires, tow chain
30 x 49 x 160 inches, as installed

Installation view of Sisyphus

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FELONY SCULPTURES: No. 1 - 6, 2003
A series of six sculptures: Concrete, iron oxide, ½ inch steel rebar, ¼ inch sheet lead, sealed plastic container, sealed aluminum foil, with each containing one of the following substances: cocaine, crack, crystal meth, ecstasy, heroin or LSD
8 x 8 x 8 inches

Padlock, combination, DVD video, 76 seconds, looped $1,000. sold
Available: DVD only, in an Edition of 5 for $500.

Padlock used in BICYCLE THIEF

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Plastic, marble, engraved plates
11 x 6 x 3 inches

Wood, acrylic, 4 mirrors and pencil on paper
2 x 3 x 3 inches

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Tricycle, saw blades
27 x 30 x 18 inches

Scale model proposal for

Jack Daws' "Pickled Flag," an American flag preserved in brine in a sealed jar seemed an adept metaphor for America's canned patriotism, or perhaps for the ability of an entire nation, the most powerful on the planet, to exist in complete isolation from the rest of the world. We stew contentedly in our own juices, finding oblivious bliss in our SUV nation.
- Anna Fahey