Pamela Joseph & Kevin Snipes

July 13 – August 1, 2021

About the Exhibition

PAMELA JOSEPH

Radical Beauty
Masks, Veils & Headgear
July 2021

In 2019, I began creating sculptures of masks and headdresses painted on layers of plexiglass with acrylics and mixed media transfers. The work explores the positive power and celebration of the carnival in our lives.

Masks and headdresses are powerful symbols in a wide variety of cultures and groups. By putting on a mask and becoming someone else, the participant enters a sphere that investigates power, identity, and oftentimes gender. Originally inspired by strong women personalities, I began to realize that these “disguises” have a larger significance. As I continued exploring into 2020, and every detail of our lives was overshadowed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the masks in turn projected an alternate meaning of protection and resilience. The sculptures became an exploration of beauty as radical thought. Although some of the pieces contain images of shields and helmets, it is the flower elements, those fragile essences that manifest as the resilient warriors on the metaphorical battlefield.

This body of work takes cues from fashion design and features metonyms for cultural resistance to create a celebratory iconography—looking both to the diversity of human cultures and to our shared futures. Drag queens, with their over-the-top make-up and costumes, create masquerades of gender identity that consistently challenge what being feminine means. African artists and tribes have long used masks and apparel to commemorate birth and death in their relationship to the cosmos and to the environment. For the Maya Indians, masks and headdresses were symbols of their gods and a physical way of representing spirits and intimidating their enemies. Mardi Gras Indians create colorfully designed suits and headgear that reflect both their vital musical history and the systemic inequalities that remain prevalent in society. These examples are a few of the inspirations that I drew on to construct the sculptures in “Radical Beauty.” There is no one isolated culture but a blend of spirits that exists in all of us.

KEVIN SNIPES

My work is based in the combination of narrative imagery on hand built ceramic forms, but primarily I think of myself as a storyteller. The stories I tell are open-ended investigations of difference and otherness. They are ways in which I can explore the underlying emotional and psychological issues of discrimination. I am interested in what happens when people who are different come together.

One aspect of the work is that the narratives I portray encompass different sides, so that every angle of the piece becomes the front, or protagonist. My approach to working with these ideas is somewhat subversive—both the intimate scale and the jewel-like surfaces that are hallmarks of my work act as misdirection. The viewer must dig through to get to the underlying kernel of the work. I’m very interested in pushing the boundaries in a direction that reveals more of the unease below the surface.

Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Pamela Joseph
Strelitizia Reginae (Bird of Paradise), 2020
Acrylic, gold leaf and mixed media on plexiglass
26.5 x 19 x 1″
Pamela Joseph, “One cannot legislate love, but what one can do is legislate fairness and justice,” — Maya Angelou, 2020
Pamela Joseph
“One cannot legislate love, but what one can do is legislate fairness and justice,” — Maya Angelou, 2020
Acrylic and mixed media on plexiglass
29 x 36 x 2″
Kevin Snipes, Purple Socks, 2021
Kevin Snipes
Purple Socks, 2021
Porcelain
8 x 8 x 8″
Kevin Snipes, Bootylicious, 2021
Kevin Snipes
Bootylicious, 2021
Porcelain
9 x 7 x 7″
Kevin Snipes, Osmosis, 2021
Kevin Snipes
Osmosis, 2021
Porcelain
11 x 4 x 4.5″
Kevin Snipes, All American Girl, 2021
Kevin Snipes
All American Girl, 2021
Porcelain
11 x 4.5 x 3.5″
Pamela Joseph, Antirrhinum (Snap Dragon), 2021
Pamela Joseph
Antirrhinum (Snap Dragon), 2021
Acrylic and mixed
27 x 18 x 1″
Pamela Joseph, Papaver Rhoeas (Red Poppy), 2020
Pamela Joseph
Papaver Rhoeas (Red Poppy), 2020
Acrylic, gold leaf and mixed media on plexiglass
25 x 25 x 1″
Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Kevin Snipes, Twisted Soul 1, 2021
Kevin Snipes
Twisted Soul 1, 2021
Porcelain
13 x 9 x 2″
Kevin Snipes, Twisted Soul 2, 2021
Kevin Snipes
Twisted Soul 2, 2021
Porcelain
15 x 9 x 2″
Kevin Snipes, Java Express, 2021
Kevin Snipes
Java Express, 2021
Porcelain
10 x 5.5 x 4″
Kevin Snipes, Clover, 2021
Kevin Snipes
Clover, 2021
Porcelain
7 x 7 x 2.5″
Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Installation view (Pamela Joseph, Kevin Snipes)
Pamela Joseph, Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis (Hibiscus), 2021
Pamela Joseph
Hibiscus Rosa-Sinensis (Hibiscus), 2021
Acrylic and mixed media on plexiglass
30.5 x 17 x 1″
Installation view (Pamela Joseph)
Installation view (Pamela Joseph)
Pamela Joseph, Olea Europea (Olive Tree), 2021
Pamela Joseph
Olea Europea (Olive Tree), 2021
Acrylic and mixed media on plexiglass
21 x 26 x 1″
Pamela Joseph, Linnaea Borealis (Twin Flower), 2020
Pamela Joseph
Linnaea Borealis (Twin Flower), 2020
Acrylic and mixed media on plexiglass
27 x 26 x 1″
Pamela Joseph, Iris Germanica (Starwoman Iris), 2020
Pamela Joseph
Iris Germanica (Starwoman Iris), 2020
Acrylic, silver leaf and mixed media on plexiglass
34 x 26 x 1″

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More About the Artists

PAMELA JOSEPH

Pamela Joseph is a multi-media artist who addresses ideas of feminist critique and socio-political issues with a sense of humor and incisiveness. Her work was described as “well-executed, powerful and edgy” by the Colorado Council on the Arts, who awarded her a Visual Arts Fellowship in 2001. She was subsequently selected as a Visiting Artist at the American Academy in Rome in 2003 and 2004. Francis M. Naumann Fine Arts in New York represented Joseph from 2007 until the gallery’s closing in 2019.

Joseph has exhibited nationally and internationally in locations including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, Barcelona, and Beijing. Her work is in the collections of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Fort Wayne, Indiana; Colorado University Art Museum, Boulder; the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque; the National Art Museum of China, Beijing; the School of Art and Design at Alfred University, Alfred, New York; and Fairfield University in Fairfield, Connecticut; among others.

Joseph was born in New Haven, Connecticut, and maintained a studio in New York for many years. For the past 30 years, she has lived and worked in Aspen, Colorado, sharing a studio with her partner of 27 years, artist Robert Brinker.

KEVIN SNIPES

Kevin Snipes is an American artist born in Philadelphia and raised in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned a BFA in ceramics and drawing from the Cleveland Institute of Art in 1994 and concluded graduate studies at the University of Florida in 2003. He works primarily in ceramics, blurring the boundary between craft and art. Snipes combines techniques of narrative figure drawing, text, and hand-formed porcelain constructions to create objects that can be seen as multi-layered paintings.

Kevin has participated in many artist residency programs, often maintaining an itinerant existence. Through both national and international residencies including The Clay Studio, Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, New Castle, Maine, and Wesleyan College in Georgia, he has allowed a sense of place to augment his sense of identity and contribute to the dialog of his work. He has exhibiting nationally and internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Konkling Gallery at Minnesota State University, Mankato and Plinth Gallery, Denver.