Kay Rosen - Sweet Jesus


Sweet Jesus, 2012
stained glass, lead, wood and lightbox
38 3/4 x 28 3/4 x 2 3/4 inches (98 x 73 x 7 cm)
edition of 6

Sweet Jesus, Kay Rosen’s first project with Beyer Projects, develops her longstanding use of language as pictorial material in a medium which is new for the artist, stained glass. A wall-mounted sculpture produced in edition of 6, this intimate work is connected to a 2011 series of drawings of phrases depicted as overlapping letters, which were made according to a pair of predetermined constraints: each phrase must begin and end with the same letter, and must bear a formal or stylistic correlation to its meaning.
The sculpture is easily mounted on the wall via a cleat on its reverse side. An electrical cord on its underside can be plugged into a regular outlet, and a small switch turns the long-life LED bulb on and off.
Kay Rosen: Wide and Deep, Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, 2012
About the Artist
The language-based works of Kay Rosen (b. 1949, Corpus Christi, TX) have been internationally exhibited for more than three decades. Drawing on her academic background in linguistics, Rosen uses language as her primary medium. The resulting works play with different approaches to typography and layout while often employing puns, and anagrams. Rosen's work has been exhibited at the Art Gallery of New South Wales (2014-2015), the Museum of Modern Art (1996, 2012), and the Whitney Biennial (2000). Kay Rosen is the recipient of three National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Click to view full bio.
Available Works
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