In “Souvenirs from Nowhere,” An Alchemy of Oil and Water
This fall, the California-bred, New York-based artist brings his delicate lines and large-scale works to Houston’s McClain Gallery in “Souvenirs from Nowhere.” The show contains both the artist’s signature collage structures and pieces from his new “Experiments in Expiration” (2015) series, a body of work that feeds off the detritus of his intense studio practice, including pastel shavings and spilled acrylic, layered together to realize works that are more objects than paintings.
Some of the works in “Souvenirs from Nowhere” may, at first glance, appear to be completely abstract, but upon closer inspection suggestions of recognizable things emerge: a door, a flower, a face. To create these images Joseph exploits the repulsion of oil- and water-based materials, a tactic that allows for a curious effect that looks washed-out yet finely drawn.
In interviews, the artist has said he is drawn to
“Souvenirs from Nowhere” is on view at McClain Gallery, Houston, Sep. 12–Nov. 7, 2015.
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