We are pleased to present the second solo exhibition by Joe Andoe at the gallery.
This new series of paintings addresses recurring themes that the artist holds dear: landscapes, totem animals (wolves, horses, buffalos), but also American cars driving through the night.
As symbols of a powerful, idealized and obsolete America, these subjects are instilled in Andoe’s work with a certain tenderness – in the animals’ gaze as well as in how colors and textures are treated. As recollections and visions of the past.
Like ghosts - a bit ironic but in particular relieved of any conquering desire - they float lightly in the light and stand out from the almost always dark or monochrome backgrounds.
A new series of landscapes titled Riverside Drive, – which lends its title to the exhibition – reverses the relationship to light by using multicolored backgrounds. This series is part of the artist’s continuing theme of “roadsides”, highly cinematic visions that also symbolize a certain view of America.
“Riverside drive is a poem or an essence; not the thing but the feeling I get from it.” JA