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  • About the work

Enamel and gold leaf on mylar paper. "The text in this body of work is appropriated language from critical review texts, much of which has been translated into a variety of languages from English. The fact that some critical language or hyperbolic language is difficult to understand, especially out of context, is exacerbated by the use of different languages and / or translations. Some text is almost poetic but also often ridiculous. The fonts that I use and the colors add a nostalgic representation to the language. Most of the translations are hard for me to remember now but the fact that there was a source is most important to me especially the scattered floor piece. Swampland (The wall piece in this exhibition) is all in English using a formal presentation and a brush script common in sign painting even though stylized. The use of critical text from art reviews in this group of work might be a little esoteric for some but it gets the point across." Joe Amrhein

About the Artist

1953 , United States

Joe Amrhein, American, b. 1953 in Sacramento, CA. Lives and works in New York City. The work of Joe Amrhein is a combination of different disciplines. Physically it comes out of painting, but the context is conceptual. Using text and font icons as his primary subject, the source for much of the text in Amrhein's earlier work was appropriated from critical art writing. Amrhein sifted through these texts (primarily monthly periodicals like Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art, et cetera.) to pull out the hyperbolae; key phrases that attempt to elaborate on the where, when, and how aspect of the art they are describing. Caught in the parameters of language and writing, these phrases sometimes seem ridiculous, especially when taken out of context. Often people assume that he was making fun of the critics. Actually, but the artist finds much of the selected hyperbolae almost poetic. One of the main reasons for using this kind of text was not to isolate it or make fun of it but to bring it back into the art making process—making art from critical prose by critical pros. The notion that this language replaces the art it describes—replacing an idea or something concrete with abstract language—is very interesting to the artist, but bringing this abstract notion of language back into a visual art is even more interesting. Quoting Robert Smithson, “One must remember that writing on art replaces presence by absence by substituting the abstraction of language for the real thing.” In recent years, Amrhein has been working with translation, interpretation, and misinterpretation of language. Some of the text he composes is not intended to be read literally but becomes almost an artifact, because it is so highly fragmented. The use of sign painting influences and techniques to give this language scale and vitality comes out of my background as a sign painter. It also allows the artist to explore the issue of scale with impunity. He can develop the work to any size because of the reality of signs and their multiple use. The materials that Amrhein paints on – glass and vellum, among others – besides being traditional surfaces for signs, allow him to develop the text with a metaphorical content, including notions of density, fracturing, memory, and shadows as ephemera, among others. Joe Amrhein was born and raised in Sacramento, California and worked as an artist and sign painter in San Francisco and Los Angeles before moving to Brooklyn in 1989, where he currently works and lives. His work has been exhibited in the US and Europe in solo and group exhibitions at Yossi Milo Gallery (NY, NY), Jochen Hempel Galerie (Berlin, Germany), Städtische Galerie Wolfsburg (Wolfsburg, Germany), Leytonstone Center for Contemporary Art (Leytonstone, UK), and The Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College (Collegeville, PA). Amrhein is also founder and co-director of Pierogi Gallery.

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SILAS VON MORISSE GALLERY (formerly ART 3 gallery) is a dynamic contemporary art gallery established in February 2014 by Silas von Morisse formerly of Haunch of Venison (Christie's NY). The international program at SILAS VON MORISSE gallery is multidisciplinary, conceptual and process oriented, showcasing established, mid-career and emerging artists. The ga...

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