Solo Exhibition: Balancing Act, North Charleston City Gallery, May 01-May 31

“Balancing Act,” a solo exhibition of my drawings and paintings, will be on view at the North Charleston City Gallery from May 01-May 31, to coincide with the North Charleston Arts Fest.

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From the Press Release:

“Joseph Kameen, winner of the 2019 North Charleston Arts Fest Poster Design Competition, will display his winning piece, Shadow Boxer, along with a new series of paintings in an exhibition titled Balancing Act. This exhibition features Joe’s recent figurative work that speaks about our human instinct to ask “why?” through a lens of humor, bright color, and exaggerated movement. Using imagery and people drawn from reality, memory, and imagination, his paintings analyze the parts of ourselves that are revealed when we ask a question we cannot fully answer. Kameen received his BFAs in Sculpture and Painting at Boston University, and his MFA in Painting from Indiana University Bloomington. His work has been featured in publications such as the Boston VoyagerEmboss Magazine, and the Pinch Literary Journal, and is in both national and international private collections. He has curated and exhibited at venues in Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Indiana, South Carolina, and New York, including The Painting Center and Janet Kurnatowski Gallery. Joe has instructed courses in drawing, painting, color theory, sculpture, digital design, and 3D printing at Boston University, Butler University, Indiana University Bloomington, and Indiana University East. He currently teaches painting and drawing at the University of South Carolina Aiken. The public is invited to meet the artist at the gallery at a free reception on Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8pm, as well as during the Arts Fest Exhibition Encore on Sunday, May 5, from Noon-6:00pm. “

Group Exhibition: Saturated: An Eye For Color, Barrett Art Center, April 06 - May 18

My painting, “The Tempest”, will be on view at the Barrett Art Center in Poughkeepsie, NY, as part of “Saturated: An Eye for Color”, from April 06-May 18, 2019.

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From the press release:

“The French painter Eugene Delacroix said, I can paint you the skin of Venus with mud, provided you let me surround it as I will. Delacroix was referring to the power of color dynamics.  Color plays a transformative role in all the works selected for this exhibition, juried by Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern & Contemporary Art, The High Museum of Art (Atlanta, GA ). 

Featured Artists

Jessica Alazraki (New York, NY)
Mary Ancel (New York, NY)
George-Ann Bowers (Berkeley, CA)
Laurel Caryn (Salt Lake City, UT)
Tina Cerro (Brooklyn, NY)
Jo Ann Chaus (Edgewater, NJ)
Dean Christensen (Brooklyn, NY)
Jasmine Clark (Brooklyn, NY)
Cynthia Cooper (Farmington, CT)
Derek Cracco (Vestavia, AL)
Deborah Druick (Bronx, NY)
Alexander James Harlan (Chicago, IL)
Julie Henry (Tucker, GA)
John Humphries (Cincinnati, OH)

Sophie Isaak (Ballston Spa, NY)
Ji Hyun Jeon (New York, NY)
Joseph Kameen (Graniteville, SC)
Stephen Kennedy (Poughkeepsie, NY)
Carol Ladewig (Oakland, CA)
Page Laughlin (Winston-Salem, NC)
Stacey Lawrence (Decatur, GA)
Junyi Liu (New York, NY)
Barbara Masterson (Milton, NY)
Lisa McCleary (New York, NY)
Edward Mills (Brooklyn, NY)
Scott Mossman (Chicago, IL)
Paul Plumadore (Milanville, PA)
Kristin Sarette (Bloomington, IN)
Ellen Weider (New York, NY)”

Group Exhibition: 30 Under 30, Viridian Artists, February 26-March 23

My painting, “What I do When You’re Not Home”, will be on view at Viridian Artists in New York, NY as part of “30 Under 30”, curated by Donna Gustafson.

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From the press release:

Chelsea NY: Viridian Artists is pleased to present an exhibition of artists who are all under 30 years of age. “30 Under 30“ continues from February 26th to March 23rd, with two receptions to meet the artists. An opening reception will be held on Thursday, February 28th, 6-8PM and a closing reception Saturday March 23rd, 4-6PM.

In a world changing culturally and politically more rapidly than ever, these artworks perhaps offer a clue to ways artists will look at their lives and times through art making in the future. The artists in this exhibition were selected from a “call for art” the gallery sent out to discover what young artists are thinking and creating art about in these times.

From a wide range of applicants, the art of 30 artists, all under 30 years of age, was selected by Donna Gustafson, Curator of American Art and Mellon Director for Academic Programs at the Zimmerli Art Museum, Rutgers University.

In her curatorial statement, Ms. Gustafson says: “The themes that repeatedly appeared in the full range of submissions included surveillance, privacy, and private life in a digitally mediated world; interior landscapes and abstract expressions; and the politics of our current moment --civil rights, gentrification, and sexuality in a post binary world. This selection of 30 artists, culled from a much larger group of 174, suggests that artists continue to be “the antennae of the race,” as the poet Ezra Pound described them in 1918.” 

No longer are there large workspaces or showing spaces without huge rents available to artists. The struggle to be an artist full time is a dream few can afford and making art in shared spaces is the rule rather than the exception.  Consequently, Viridian has created an affordable membership program for young and gifted artists for we realize not only how expensive space is today both for showing and working, but also, how important it is for artists to live and show their art in a competitive and supportive environment.

Just how difficult is it now is for young artists to achieve their dreams of fame, respect and possibly fortune? What are their concerns? What materials do they work with? How have social media, astronomical rents, and less space changed the way in which artists just beginning their careers express themselves creatively? To learn the answers to some of these questions, gallery visitors are invited to look at the art itself & also to meet some of the artists at the opening and closing receptions.”