Jedd Novatt (b. 1958)
Untitled, ca. 1981
Painted welded steel
79 x 20 x 7 inches
Extended Loan, Nassau County Museum of Art
Born in Brooklyn and based in Paris, sculptor Jedd Novatt is famous for his energetic, colossal and geometrically abstract structures that address concepts of space, balance and gravity. He creates towering architectural arrangements through interlocking asymmetrical and quadratic shapes and forms, alluding to an elemental state of disorder and fundamental tensions specific to the medium of sculpture. Novatt achieves a mysterious balance between chaos and stability in elegantly engineered works that concurrently tumble and soar, presenting a sense of weightlessness in spite of his materials’ heaviness. To best experience his complex works, one must view them from multiple vantage points and note how they interact with surrounding architecture, their environment and the viewer. Novatt's unique multifaceted structures push the limits of space and challenge laws of physics, standing as a monument in sculptural history.
Alex C. Maccaro
Assistant Curator, Nassau County Museum of Art