I met JJ PEET up at Yale University, where people think you can buy a career with an MFA. JJ’s an exception in that, like me and [Future Great] Pat McCarthy, he understands you can only achieve something through persistent hard work. His recent show at On Stellar Rays, New York, was great. You might not notice it at first in his work, but there are ceramic elements to his bricolage that are expertly made. It comes off like junk sculpture, but if you look behind that, you’ll see that JJ’s a master of ceramics. In fact, he teaches at Columbia and the 92nd Street Y in New York, and at the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, Colorado.
This article originally appeared in the March 2013 issue.