Exhibitions

Who should a person be?

Boston Globe: The exhibition spins and jangles, as the artist examines slippery identity, art-world values, even mortality, in work that’s wry and filled with pathos.

Everything is coming up Roses

Boston Art Underground: Joe Zane is an artist who thinks a lot about what it means to be an artist: What exactly is art? Who makes that decision? What, if any, are the ethical dilemmas involved in profiting from one’s artwork? What are the implications of the artist-as-celebrity? Is there…

deCordova Biennial

Dina Deitsch (curator): Joe Zane uses an exacting verisimilitude to create a trail of his own artist successes and failures. His body of work thus far includes a meticulously-crafted version of his own Phaidon monograph (image-heavy books printed by the UK-based publishers of well known artists), a video from the PBS…

Artadia

This is a body of work presented for an exhibition of the 2009 Artadia winners. Excerpt from wall text: Joe Zane questions notions of originality and the exhibition system with a disarming sense of humor. Zane commissioned portraits of himself from a factory in Asia, to present them in the…

This is killing me

Curated by Diana Nawi. MASSMOCA Text by Diana Nawi: Often combining found and fabricated objects, Joe Zane’s work revolves around failure and success, both imagined and real. ZANE (2006), a sculpture of the artist’s own last name, is made to look like a neon sign. Because it is constructed from…

Foster Prize

Wall Text (by Randi Hopkins): Joe Zane presents a number of works that employ traditional artistic media and subject matter, including a bust cast in plaster and portraits rendered in oil paint, yet upon closer inspection, the possibility arises that none of Zane’s works are quite what they seem. The…

Joe

Excerpt from press release: “JOE” explores the psychological and social effects of bearing the ur-generic name of Joe in a society obsessed with pushing personal expression to extremes, as seen in our cult worship of fame, infamy, and people so special they are known by only one name. The stigma…

Personality

Excerpt from press release: Joe Zane is a conceptual artist of a new stripe, with a great sense of humor that belies the serious intellectual rigor of his work. In this show, Zane presents a cohesive installation that explores many facets of authenticity and authorship in contemporary art making, and…

A Pretty Good Screw

Site specific installation at the Herbert F. Johnson Museum, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY. Sept., 2004 ARTIST STATEMENT: Besides the objects themselves, art is composed of its stories. Important events get written about and artists become famous. What we rarely hear about are the ‘near misses’, the artists who almost, but…

Mise en Scene

Excerpt from press release: For his installation … Zane uses video, drawing and sculpture to imitate a crime scene. The observer is left to build a narrative from viewing the scene, an activity that Zane views as parallel to the process of extracting meaning from art in a gallery or…

Duped

DUPED! was an installation containing a series of interrelated doubles.There was a painting of where paintings were. A real plant and a plastic copy of the plant. An animatronic version of the artist and a video of the real artist. And a photograph of a set of paintings . DUPED!…

Pixel Proximity Piece

Upon entering the gallery, the viewer finds a life size projection of the artist on the wall. A small sonar sensor lays on the floor in front of the image. Upon walking closer, the image gradually breaks up becoming more and more pixelated. The pixilization is accompanied by a corresponding…

Sound Piece

A feedback loop is created when a user initiates the piece by creating a sound into a microphone on the floor. The sound creates a picture, the picture creates a sound, which creates a new picture, which creates a new sound ad nauseum… …

11 Artists who are better then me

Sampled interviews (from the 1970’s) with eleven artist are randomly spliced and mixed by a computer. The resulting video is projected largely, high up on the gallery wall. Opposite the video projection, on the floor, is a small surveillance monitor show a live feed from the artist studio. The hazy…