Joe Guy

Adams Middleton Gallery

Joe Guy subscribes to a kind of transcendental spiritualism that has one foot in the Middle Ages and one foot in the process art of the ’70s. Working slowly and in extremely gradual steps of development, he creates wall-mounted painting-objects that have the sculptural quality of reliefs. Each of them is made by stretching several layers of paper across an arrangement of frames of different sizes, applying a mixture of powdered graphite and Rhoplex to the surface with brush and palette knife, and finally coating it with clear wax and burnishing it with a smooth stone. The result is some very elegant and very somber works of art.

These works tend to have a characteristic look. Even distinctions of size and shape are mitigated somewhat by the fact that Guy works in series. Without making exact editions, he will make groups of nearly identical objects, all with the same title, distinguished

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