Untitled (Back of car), 2003
oil on canvas, 60 x 72 inches
Dark expansive landscapes, grazing animals, generic cars on the highway, profiles of the Empire State Building and portraits of friends are all part of Andoe's world. Andoe's iconic imagery and monochromatic palette show a directness and restraint that make for an essentialist work with formal resolve, and where pictorial illusion is more Symbolist allusion. Idea, image and an almost performative process of painting become one in pictures that capture recollection and memory, yet possess a certain timelessness.
Art writer Saul Ostrow observes: "... Andoe's paintings - not his images - are texts meant to be read and re-read, interpreted and re-interpreted. What they are not is as important as what they are. After all, Andoe is not a landscape or genre painter involved in simple narratives. His images derive their metaphorical content not from the absent objects portrayed, but rather from the very means of their making... Paint is paint, a scratch approximates nothing more than itself, additive and subtractive processes do not become disguised as attempts to approximate the appearance of some other surface".
Andoe might recall simply the openness of Oklahoma or a girl from the past, but his paintings combine Modernist tradition, Minimalist integrity and a Pop sensibility to be something uniquely his.
Joe Andoe's works have been exhibited internationally and are in numerous museum collections including the Dallas Museum of Art, Denver Art Museum, The Detroit Institute of Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, The Museum of Modern Art, and Whitney Museum of American Art.
Born and raised in Tulsa, Joe Andoe lives and works in New York City. Drawing upon autobiographical territory, as well as archetypal American subject matter, Andoe works intuitively and spontaneously, often applying and removing paint with his hands. With minimal gesture and a pragmatic economy of means, he shapes shadow and light to create a reductive image, but one with immediate impact and lasting resonance.
Exhibition: April 1 - May 15, 2004
Gallery hours: Tue-Sat 11 am - 6 pm
Feigen Contemporary (Front Gallery)
535 West 20th Street
USA-New York, NY 10011
Telephone +1 212 929.0500
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