Joe's sculptures are in a variety of sizes and materials, ranging from installation size, for indoors or outdoors, to pedestal size and utilize both natural and synthetic materials. The majority of his work uses natural materials, primarily wood, and found objects, joined together in a primitivistic manner, expressing personal feelings associated with myth and ritual, loss and rebirth. The often brutal form and meaning of these solemn works are in contrast to the highly colored, brash and ironically humorous style of those pieces constructed of synthetic materials. Joe focuses on leading the viewer through the transformative process, producing forms which are abstract but usually biomorphic.
Joe was from boyhood an artist and practiced his art during a fine career in medicine. He graduated from Yale Medical School and taught at the Yale Child Study Center early child development and conducted a private practice of Child, Adolescent and Adult Psychiatry. Joe is largely a self-taught artist but has learned techniques at various places including the Creative Arts Workshop in New Haven, CT. He also studied with sculptor Stan Bliefeld.
His work has been exhibited in solo and group exhibits including Mercy Gallery, Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT, Silvermine Art Center, New Canaan, CT, Parachute Factory, New Haven, CT,
Erector Square Gallery, New Haven, CT, Choate Mellon Art Center, Wallingford, CT, Housatonic Museum of Art, Fair Haven, CT, Jon Slade Ely House, New Haven, CT, Bruce S. Kershner Gallery, Fairfield CT and Gallery of the Institute Library, New Haven, Ct. Joe has wond numerous awards for his sculpture most notably Best in show at the Art Of The Northeast juried exhibition held at Silvermine Art Center in New Canaan, CT in 2010.
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