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Power to the People

  • Power to The People
September 16, 2014

We are all beings-in-the-world, and it is our situation which defines us. The contextual aspects of our existence, seemingly ephemeral, form the grand image of meaning which we try to understand as we move through the moments forming our lives. It could be argued that this is the energy in which mix-media artists tap into, in order to understand and (re)define the challenging aspects of the existential situations in the world of the postmodern epoch. An inspiring contemporary artist creates with these notions in mind; his name is Joe Black…

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Joe Black, Mao Zedong piece detail

The Art of Joe Black

This 40-year-old artist has an educational background in sculpture and an experience in illustration. Joe Black tends to refer to himself as an “image-maker”, rather than an artist. His devotion to precision and love for different materials render Black to be a passionate creator of complex pieces. Each art piece he creates is an embodiment of masterful technique. Black uses thousands of small objects to create large-scale pieces which come together in order to form a mesmerizing unity of impressive aesthetics. Joe Black’s pieces resonate the imagery of popular culture and require months-long periods to assemble. This “lover of materials”, as he tends to refer to himself, represents an individual who is transforming the nature of Pop Art. Quite an intriguing piece of this artist was auctioned this April at an event called MTV RE:DEFINE

Power to The People
Joe Black, artwork

Power to the People

The multi-layered nature of Black’s creative process leaves the spectator breathless. It is said that the pieces of Joe Black are best appreciated from 50 meters away, which only contributes to the realization of how meticulously the artist approaches his work. The complexity of his technique is followed by the sticking connotational levels of his art. The homage to Chinese political activist and artist Ai Wei Wei was constructed by thousands of figures depicting the working class. On the other hand, the four and a half meters high installation depicting Mao Zedong is achieved by the use of 20 000 plastic toy soldiers, all of which are pointing their guns to the head of the Communist leader. The political commentary is, in fact, enriched with the economic dimension, since all the miniature objects were produced in China…

Power to The People
Joe Black, Mao Zedong, segment
Power to The People
Joe Black, artwork

Readymade Exhibition

The title for Joe Black’s most recent exhibition represents a tribute to the 20th century artist Marcel Duchamp. This pioneer of the Dada movement is the inventor of the concept of re-positioning and re-defining of the “readymade” objects. Thus, ordinary objects become part of a new figure, which can be appreciated as a pure representation of a concept. Readymade exhibition by Joe Black will be on show during the period between September 17 and October 7th 2014, at the Opera Gallery Hong Kong.

Power to The People
Joe Black, artwork

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