Jack #2 remains on site following an exhibition of four "Jacks" by Mel Kendrick in 2012.
Known for his process-oriented sculptures utilizing various building materials, Mel Kendrick's work reflects a deep fascination with space, form, geometry and mathematical systems. Kendrick addresses philosophical, conceptual, and fundamental questions around sculpture, particularly the relationship between the object as we experience it and the artist’s process. Jack #2 is a playful, blocky composition, standing at approximately ten feet tall and weighing seven tons. Inspired by the pieces in the children’s game of Jacks, the upper section of the sculpture appears to have landed on three points, while three intersecting tubes traverse the interior of the lower section. Kendrick’s process utilized hot-wire techniques to carve large chunks of Styrofoam, which served as molds, each filled with alternating black and white layers of cast concrete. The textural nuances of the hot-wire cuts remain in the final work, assuming the look and texture of wood grain. Light and air penetrate the work, allowing for a more complete integration with the surroundings, profoundly effective in an outdoor setting.
Mel Kendrick (b. 1949) has exhibited numerous works around the world and is included in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Brooklyn Museum of Art, and The National Gallery.