Working as an artist, critic, and teacher, American Joe Fyfe uses a wide range of media to create a diverse body of work, from large installations to small drawings. He is perhaps best known for his minimalist, abstract practice that employs a strong sense of texture and color, seamlessly integrating divergent hues with subtle changes to the surfaces that he works with. In addition to receiving a Fulbright scholarship to perform research in Vietnam and Cambodia, he is also the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and has shown his work globally, including exhibitions at Cheim & Read, Fitzroy Gallery, and NADA New York, among other galleries.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Longhouse Projects, New York
About Joe Fyfe
Joe Fyfe repurposes found materials like kites, signs, and banners to reveal the poetic beauty within overlooked everyday objects. Recalling works by Joseph Beuys, Robert Rauschenberg, and the style of Arte Povera, Fyfe culls from daily refuse, especially that of impoverished areas in Southeast Asia. Fyfe’s works document regional transitions and globalization through his selected materials. Operating in the space between painting, sculpture, and architecture, Fyfe’s artworks are deliberately nonrepresentational, allowing materials to dictate form and come together on their own, rather than adhere to a preconceived artist’s vision. Fyfe is best known for his fabric-based works, which emphasize color and shape, and reveal the artist’s hand through glue lines and puckering. Selected for their individual qualities, Fyfe’s found objects are presented as-is but in a new configuration, such that they appear brand new.
American, b. 1952