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Artist Statement

          My artwork is about inter-connectivity. The metaphysical energy that encompasses and intertwines all things animate and inanimate and is intrinsic to them, to us. These ideas and experiences are essential to my conceptual approach. The intellectual and expressive disciplines and entities intertwined are a huge influence to me. The range of influences is vast and can include anything from string theory, color theory, activity, and many more.

          My visual language has developed over the years through a plethora of endeavors. My visual language incorporates the gesture and aesthetics of graffiti, the geometry of architecture, and living on the plane of existence and moving, traveling, resting on the horizon as well as the underground, and the celestial realms. The voyage of the self in these and being inter-connected within them is the epitome of my expression. There are different motivations and stories for each piece but ultimately through what I refer to as obsessive abstraction of interconnectivity I prefer for the viewer to determine what you see.

BUNKER is a group art show/pop up project that I began at my residence when I lived in the Bushwick area of Brooklyn from 2006-2015. The first show was titled "BUNKER" and took place 6/2014. The link for the website dedicated to the shows is below. There were four shows in total and were meant to develop

community. You can check out the websites I designed for the shows here BUNKER

Artist Bio

Joe grew up in New Brunswick, NJ. At an early age he became involved in skateboarding, punk rock, hardcore, techno, heavy metal, hip hop, and graffiti, and their at time separate and yet other times intertwining scenes. He was involved in all of those music scenes in New Jersey and in NYC promoting shows, DJing, and just helping people do theirs and do his DIY projects, showing support and love. As well as working construction for almost a decade he has also worked as a graphic designer. These two jobs have also influenced his style. Joe lived in NYC initially in 1997 and moved back to NJ to go to school at Rutgers/Mason Gross School of the Arts in 2000. He attained his B.F.A. and M.F.A. from there including numerous awards finishing in 2006. He then moved back to NYC and lived in Brooklyn for 10 years. Joe currently lives in NJ and works as an art handler during the day.  

Curriculum Vitae

Selected Exhibitions-visual art


title of show

name of venue

location

Solo




2013

Act of Jah-installation

Engineer's Office Gallery

Manhattan, NY

2007

Germination, Comparison, Expression

717 Gallery

Brooklyn, NY

Group




2016

Untitled

Christie's

Manhattan, NY

2016

Beg, Borrow, Steal (Recess Benefit)

Pioneer Works

Brooklyn, NY

2016

Love It or Hate It 10

The Skinny

Manhattan, NY

2016

Never Blue

Con-artist Gallery

Manhattan, NY

2015

Welling Court Art Show

Welling Court

Queens, NYome text

2015

Deconstruct the Police State

BUNKER

Brooklyn, NY(artist/curator)

2015

No Apologies

Christie's

Manhattan, NY

2015

LoMan Art Fest

114 Mulberry Street

Manhattan, NY

2015

Love it or Hate it

Casablanca Bar

Manhattan, NY

2015​

Bushwick Open Studios

participant

Brooklyn, NY

2015

Down East Pop-up gallery NYC

Casablanca Bar

Manhattan, NY

2015

Making History-AIB 2015 Benefit

Ten Eyck Gallery

Brooklyn, NY (benefit)

2015

Lend a Hand for Connor Man

Eagles Nest Two

Stratsburg, NY (benefit)

2015

Forget Me Nots

Bunker

Brooklyn, NY (artist/curator)

2015​

Natefest

Game Changer World

Howell, NJ (benefit)

2014

Day of the Dead show

BUNKER

Brooklyn (artist/curator)

2014

Bushwick Open Studios

participant

Brooklyn, NY

2013

BUNKER

BUNKER Gallery

Brooklyn, NY(artist/curator)

2013

The Salon

Christie's

Manhattan, NY

2013

Bushwick Open studios

artist's studio-participant

Brooklyn, NY

2012

photographer in Zefrey Throwell's

"Midtown Games"

Manhattan, NY

2012

Insider Art Show

Christie’s

Manhattan, NY

2011

From the Street

Max Fish

Manhattan, NY

2011

Insider Art Show

Christie’s

Manhattan, NY

2010

Insider Art Show

Christie’s

Manhattan, NY

2010

Day of the Dead

Kings County

Brooklyn, NY

2009

Staff Art Show

Christie’s

Manhattan, NY

2009

I Don’t Know

C Squat

Manhattan, NY

2008

Beautiful Debauchery

King’s County Bar

Brooklyn, NY

2008

Where we are, and how we got here

Texas Firehouse

Queens, NY​

2008

Clothesline​

ABC NO RIO

New York, NY (benefit)

2007

Benefit Show

Texas Firehouse

Queens, NY

2007

Streets 2K7

Albus Cavus

New Brunswick, NJ

2006

Projekt 1  

Kalk Media Center

Cologne, Germany

2006

M.F.A. Thesis

Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ

2006

Antogonist

Niagra Gallery

Manhattan, NY

2006

Works on Paper​

Flux Factory

Queens, NY (benefit)

2006

Spectrum

Hogar Collection

Brooklyn, NY

2005

The Americans

Glass Moog

Cologne, Germany

2005

Welcome Back

Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ

2005

Addicted to Bondo

Decrepit Space

New Brunswick, NJ

2004

First International Juried

SICA

Long Branch, NJ

2004

B.F.A. Thesis

Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ

2004

Suitcase

Glass Moog

Cologne, Germany

2004

Art Open

Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ

2003

Outer Space

LAB Gallery

Piscataway, NJ

2002

Art Open

Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ

2002

One in Eight

RWJ Memorial Gallery

New Brunswick, NJ(benefit)

2001

Art Open

Rutgers

New Brunswick, NJ

Education




M.F.A.

2006

Sculpture/Painting

Rutgers/Mason Gross

B.F.A.

2004

Sculpture

Rutgers/Mason Gross (Cum Laude)

Grants/Awards


2004

Paul Robeson Emerging Artist Award

2004

Juror’s Award SICA First International Juried Exhibit

2003

James O. Dumont grant

Other Skills

                I have a wide range of experiences in many areas from being a spur of the moment roadie for bands, an extra in T.V. commercials and on a couple television shows, as well as small roles in independent films to doing graphic design for album and CD artwork to singing back-up vocals on punk rock records. I also DJed for quite a while on the radio, in the clubs, and abandoned warehouse raves. I have also written record reviews for different types of electronic music for the fanzine Base 10 magazine while also doing a couple of electronic music projects over the years. All of this and many others were and are still enjoyed amidst writing graffiti and doing street art for over twenty years, which I still do, or do I?

Press


2012

artsicle.com “Christie’s Insider Art Show”

2011

NY 1 television “Things to do in NY”

2006

Home News and Tribune, May, New Brunswick, NJ

2003

Asbury Park Press, May, Asbury Park, NJ

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