Ben Jackel, American, 1977
Born: Aurora, CO
Work Locations: Los Angeles, CA
United States
Porcelain, mahogany, and bismuth alloy
Accession Number
Credit Line
Gift from Vicki and Kent Logan to the Collection of the Denver Art Museum
(c) Copyright Ben Jackel Courtesy of L.A. Louver, Venice, CA
height: 16 in, 40.6400 cm; width: 72 in, 182.8800 cm; depth: 55 1/2 in, 140.9700 cm; height: 6 in, 15.2400 cm; height: 25 in, 63.5000 cm; width: 64 3/4 in, 164.4650 cm; depth: 78 3/4 in, 200.0250 cm; base height: 2 1/2 in, 6.3500 cm
Modern and Contemporary Art
Modern and Contemporary Art

“Syntagma” is a series of 256 six inch high Greek warriors arranged in a grid formation. The figures carry long, thin wooden spears that curve into a single wave above the group. Each figure is assembled from individually cast ceramic parts. The individual figures are reminiscent of China’s Terracotta Army from the third century BC.

Jackel has spoken often about his interest in warfare—an obsession piqued by the Iraq War—and weaponry of all periods. He is also intrigued by banal equipment used to battle fire, such as hydrants, extinguishers, and hoses, evidenced by the hyper-realistic ceramic versions of these and other similar objects that he has created. Jackel’s works demonstrate his fascination with the human fear of natural destruction and the simultaneous urge to destroy. 

Jackel was born and raised in Aurora, CO. He studied ceramics at the University of Colorado, Boulder, and in 2005, he earned an MFA at University of California, Los Angeles, where he studied with Adrian Saxe and Charles Ray. Jackel currently lives and works in Los Angeles.

Known Provenance
Purchased from L.A. Louver Gallery by Vicki and Kent Logan, 2010; gifted to Denver Art Museum 2015

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