Joel Barber, Portland Member Since July 2007 Artist Statement What comes after Po-Po-Mo?*
I say what comes next is “Artdamaged.” All art is derivative, and we have more influences than every generation of artists before us. I’m influenced by many art movements of the 20th century, innovators who filtered the concepts and stylistic expressions of their peers into new experiments. These are the artists that inspire me, encouraging me to seek new ways of seeing this world and the way it reveals itself through artwork.
My formal education left me with a balance of fine art technique and design sensibilities that are apparent in my work. A lifetime of creative enthusiasm has provided me with many opportunities for experimentation with this balance, while seeking new visual languages, context, and interface between art styles and culture that effects our world. My paintings reveal various visual motifs. Many of the themes develop during the painting process, following a basic concept or mapping of areas.
Style and content evolves through this improvised process. In this manner of working, the countless influences of our environment, media, art, and pop-culture will manifest in both the artist’s subconscious decisions and the viewer's interpretation. What might seem random, could potentially link our experiences.
I hope that you resonate with something you see here. (and it will really tie the room together.)