video art

Jimmy Joe Roche

United States 1981

Sculpture, Performance Art, Surrealism, Video Art, Drawing

Jimmy Joe Roche
Jimmy Joe Roche
United States
March 25, 2015
Alias of Jasmina Sevic, a researcher and author for Widewalls. She graduated from the Faculty of Political Science (Department for Journalism) in Belgrade in 2013.

Jimmy Joe Roche is an American interdisciplinary artist specializing in video, performance, and sculpture. He earned his BFA from SUNY Purchase College in Film Conservatory, in 2004, and his MFA from Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, in 2008.

Jimmy Joe Roche originally came to national prominence in his role as co-founder of the Baltimore DIY arts collective, Wham City, from his collaborations with electronic-techno musician Dan Deacon, and as a result of posting his provocative videos on YouTube. The artist’s new video, series of drawings, and paper & wood sculptures continue his multi-faceted engagement with cultural and aesthetic motifs that find their roots in Surrealism, Op art, performance, cinema, meditation, music, and the digital realm. By infusing schizoid, raw, and chaotic qualities in his works, Roche has created conceptual talismans of the collective American unconscious.

His videos have screened internationally in venues including the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Incubate Arts festival in Holland and Rojo@Nova 2010 in Brazil. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Beautiful Decay, The New Museum’s “Younger Than Jesus” Artist Directory, “100” a book by Francesca Gavin published in 2011, and an article in the November 2011 issue of the Spanish Art Magazine BELIO. Roche is a recipient of the 2012 new work residency at Harvestworks in New York City, and he is a member of the arts collective Wham City.

Jimmy Joe is faculty within Johns Hopkins University’s Film and Media Department in Baltimore, MD, where he teaches Intro and Intermediate Digital Film Production. Roche also teaches Moving Image 1 at Maryland Institute College of Art.

His works have been screened in venues and museums all over the U.S. and Canada, including New York, Portland, Dallas, and Miami, among others. In 2013, he participated in a two-person exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art which, along with 21c Museum, has acquired major examples of his work.

Jimmy Joe Roche lives and works in Baltimore, MD.

YearName of the exhibitionMuseum/GallerySolo/Group
2015Closed Eye VisionsRARE Gallery, New York, NYsolo
2015UnknownGallery 5 Arts, Richmond, VAgroup
2014CRIMCRAWErin Cluley Gallery, Dallas, Texassolo
2013Front Room: Nathaniel Mellors and Jimmy Joe RocheThe Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore, MDgroup
2013Seven ExhibitionsLand of Tomorrow, Louisville, KYgroup
2013BlastomereYoung Projects, Los Angeles, CAgroup
2012Currents 2012Santa Fe International New Media Festival, Santa Fe, NMgroup
2012Angelholm International Video Art FestivalAngelholm, Swedengroup
2012Young Artist Incubator Berlin’s ExhibitionFactory-Art Gallery, Berlin, Germanygroup
2011Under PressureRARE Gallery, New York, NYsolo
2011Shame the DevilThe Kitchen, New York, NYgroup
2011The New PsychedelicaMU, Eindhoven, Netherlandsgroup
2011The Purchase Experiment: A Retrospective of Experimental WorksPassage Gallery, Purchase, NYgroup
2010American EctoplasmRocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Lakewood, COsolo
2010End of DazeSpace 1026, Philadelphia, PAgroup
2010Chained to a Creature of a Different KingdomDavid Castillo Gallery, Miami, FLgroup
20098x12RARE, New York, NYgroup
2009Baltimore Media Artist ExhibitionElectronic Gallery, Salisbury, MDgroup
2009High Zero FestivalLoad of Fun Gallery, Baltimore, MDgroup
2009Where the Sun Don't ShineNudashank Gallery, Baltimore, MDgroup
2008TotemsRARE Gallery, New York, NYsolo
2008Introductions 4Irvine Contemporary, Washington, DCgroup
2008ArchimageGallery 4, Baltimore, MDgroup
2008Mashed UpOrange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CAgroup
2008The MFA Thesis ShowDecker Gallery, Baltimore, MAgroup
2008Animal MagnetismIGLOO Gallery, Portland, OR group
2007Don’t be AbsurdThe Helm Gallery, Tacoma, WAgroup
2007Antagonism, Hacks and HoaxesMaryland Art Place, Baltimore, MDgroup
2007I See the Face I See the LightWhole Gallery, Baltimore, MDgroup
2007Glittering RuinCurrent Gallery, Baltimore, MDgroup