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Joachim West: Mother Earth Is a Dirty Whore

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Ro2 Art DOWNTOWN
Joachim West: Mother Earth Is a Dirty Whore
January 3 – February 1, 2015
Ro2 Art Downtown, 110 North Akard, Dallas, Texas 75201
RECEPTION: Saturday, January 3, 7-10pm

 

‘Mother Earth Is a Dirty Whore’ was inspired by the suicide of a close friend. This tragic event spurred Joachim West to question whether violence was something that only a portion of humanity engages in or if all of humanity is inherently violent.

Joachim’s graphic work is informed by a variety of influences ranging from the Gothic, Byzantine and Northern Renaissance classics to the infamous generation of the ‘East Texas Lizard Cult’ mentored by Lee Baxter Davis. German Expressionists like George Grosz and Otto Dix; and, especially, Goya’s ‘Los Caprichos’ has had a tremendous influence on the format and tone of this series.
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About Joachim WestJoachim West was born in Connecticut and moved to Plano, Texas as a teenager where he continued to demonstrate a committed passion for making art. He earned a BA in Art & Performance from the University of Texas at Dallas followed by an MFA in Producción Artística from La Universidad Politécnica de Valencia in Spain.

Since Joachim’s return to the United States, he has obsessively continued to pursue two bodies of work. The first, titled Mother Earth Is a Dirty Whore is a visual continuation of his master’s degree thesis which was inspired by the suicide of a close friend. This tragic event spurred him to question whether violence was something that only a portion of humanity engages in or if all of humanity is inherently violent.

Joachim’s alternate artistic research practice explores the intervening role of chance into formalist aesthetics by combining production commodity painting with a unique mediated monoprint/painting transfer process that he discovered while studying art as an undergraduate student. The latest incarnation of this project combines American ingenuity with Chinese mass production and European taste and represents the nature of our contemporary global consumerist mass production culture.

Joachim’s work has been included in the Hunting art exhibition twice since returning from Spain as well as many other group shows and juried exhibitions. Including juried exhibitions curated by Trenton Doyle Hancock, Benito Huerta, Aaron Parazette, and Joan Davidow.

 

 

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