San Francisco

Joe Oddo

Joe Oddo Studio

I went to Joe Oddo’s studio. He had mentioned that the work in a group show at the Oakland Museum earlier this year was a couple of years old, and that it was hard for him to think about it because he was so thoroughly into his new work. I wanted to know about that so I persuaded him to take me to see the new work. I can’t reproduce a picture because nothing is finished and decisions for major changes are still coming up. He is working with both spray gun and brush and is carefully eradicating evidence of undercoats with each change of mind. The description I will make is tempered by the knowledge that I am writing about work in progress by an artist whose mind is in a state of constant re-evaluation, and who may remove and change whole sections of the painting. He is superimposing images in a climactic slam-bang way in his heart paintings. They are the ultimate comic book image. Did he

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