Specifically commissioned for the Frieze Sculpture Park in 2015, Let Me Entertain You is a slender totem of brown ceramic shapes based on dried citrus fruits. This depiction of stacked fruit is inspired by the artist’s childhood, when he would play with his brother in his father’s kitchen to create stacked towers of fruit. The artist cites this memory as one of his first legitimate experiences of “something you might call art” and highlights the playful approach to experimentation that is synonymous with much of his practice. Let Me Entertain You has particular resonance with Wine as it catalysed this idiosyncratic approach to his work and illustrates his overarching intention to create accessible works. It could be argued that this desire for accessibility was galvanised by the frenzied sales environment of Frieze Art fair, which is notoriously niche and elite. In contrast, the Frieze Sculpture Park is free and open to all - neatly echoing Wine’s generous intentions as an artist to create art to be enjoyed by the many, not just the few. With a trace of the artist’s handprint visible, the sculpture succeeds in emphasising the joyful interaction of the artist at work. Now located within the majestic woodland landscape of CASS, the elongated form echoes the beautiful cedar and birch trees around it and appears friendly and approachable. This style works to mirror the original form of historical Northwest Coast totem poles, which were often carved to recount familiar legends.
About The Artist
Jesse Wine has been working with and appropriating ceramics into his expanded sculptural practice since graduating from the Royal College of Art in 2010. Wine has a strong engagement with the process of making, creating works in a rich variety of styles and finishes, ranging from natural earthy glazes to glossy bold primary colours. Making use of traditional glazing and firing techniques he often depicts icons of contemporary life such as Sports Direct mugs, adidas flip-flop sliders and disparate items of clothing. Jesse's semi-autobiographical works skillfully appropriate historical high-culture with archetypes of low culture in order to create hybridised humorous works that pose questions about taste and cultural exclusivity. More recently he has begun to further abstract these tropes, creating larger more organic forms.