Bo Joseph, ‘A Lexicon of Persistent Absence: Camouflage’, 2011, McClain Gallery

About Bo Joseph

Layers of reference are hidden within the abstract compositions of Bo Joseph. The New York-based artist pulls source imagery from printed media such as books and auction catalogues, seeking out culturally charged images and symbols—like masks or ceremonial objects—that retain their power even when stripped of details and context. After compiling the images on paper or cloth, Joseph further removes them from their original state, using techniques such as sanding, masking, and rinsing to add an element of chance to the compositions. “I utilize abstraction as a means of examining how our beliefs and perception charge the experience of ‘reality,’ and affect how we compile collective knowledge,” the artist has said.

American, b. 1969