VIDEO: Jay Heikes on Magic and Materiality

Jay Heikes Music for Minor Planets edition

Jay Heikes: Music for Minor Planets (detail), 2018; sheet music and two elements; 12 x 14 x 2.5 in.; published by RITE Editions.

“I feel we’re on trend to shortchange the art object,” Jay Heikes has said. “We’re not giving it its due and I want to challenge that a little bit.” In this short video, Heikes provides insight into how he makes magic from material, bringing the "periodic table into the studio" to yield unexpected results. Watch the artist delve into the inspiration and meaning behind his MATRIX 269 exhibition, on view through Sunday, April 29.

Join us Saturday, April 28 at 2 p.m., as renowned harpist Zeena Parkins and percussionist William Winant perform an interpretation of Jay Heikes's Music for Minor Planets, an edition on view in the exhibition that relates to a series of drawings that are amalgamations of graphic scores and cosmological representations. Heikes’s interest in music comes full circle in this concert, in which the two-dimensional drawings—which in turn inform his sculptures in the exhibition—are transformed into the sonic dimension of time. Included with admission.