Terific! Painting by Joe Waks

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Painting: Oil, Wax, Resin, Gold Leaf on Canvas, Paper.


The Neo-Socio Absurdist Series seeks to expound on the central tenet of playwright Martin Esslin, whose writings focused on the meaninglessness and incongruity of life. The paintings “recontextualize” the icons and emblems common amongst disparate human civilizations by utilizing paint, text, advertising imagery and events plucked straight from the newspaper. Consumption and the ubiquity of consumer culture are at the heart of these works, but there is a pervasive ambivalence that lies within.

Like the themes presented these paintings, the manner in which they are produced presents a paradox. The ideas behind the works are borne of the mundane detritus of workaday existence and at first glance look like they were printed using a mechanized process. Nevertheless, each work consists of thousands of tiny, painstakingly applied brushstrokes that reveal undulating nooks and crannies seemingly made not of fine oil color but of viscous black ooze; the kind of material shipped by barge to be dumped in some far away land, not one used to produce works of art.




Joe Waks

United States


Size: 32 W x 24 H x 1.5 in

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