Joe Biel | Works on Paper
In the Studio: Joe Biel embraces the 'Veil'
Joe Biel: New Work
Lodown Magazine Issue 73
I became aware of relationships to the history of portraiture—both in painting and photography—I thought about the German photographer august Sander and how his work seemed to be a sort of collection of emotional types of the time-pretty specifically German in his case. And I suddenly felt that painting, which I had largely abandoned for several years, was a more direct vehicle of expression. Color and mark seemed to add layers. I felt, and still feel, that the sense of vulnerability is under the surface of this series, and strangely, though animals were the subject, the real substance of the series is in it becoming a sort of lexicon for human expressions, attitudes and psychological states of being. —Joseph Biel