GUEST ARTIST JOE LANDRY
SEEING IS DECEIVING
plus Group Exhibition of work by all roster artists.
RECEPTION FRIDAY AUGUST 18, 7-9pm
Kobalt Gallery presents the work of guest mixed media sculptor Joe Landry in his solo feature “Seeing is Deceiving”. Landry is a multidisciplinary artist whose concentration on hyperrealist sculpture of actual places began in 2012. Landry’s interest in the way the subconscious edits random experiences into personal stories that can be recalled and made into art led to the authentically detailed architectural reliefs he creates in painted basswood, with handcrafted, found object, and photographic elements.
Having worked professionally in medical illustration, art restoration, woodworking, environmental graphic design, and architectural photography, the combination of Landry’s diverse skills are brought into focus by referencing family photo albums, period photographs, and existing buildings, ultimately actualized in the form of scaled down versions of real property. Creative license gives light to the unexpected optical illusion when peering through one of Landry’s windows or even the tiniest peephole of an apartment door, tricking the eye into a false sense of depth and perspective. As a participant in the diorama art movement, Landry recognizes that these common taboos – nostalgia, realism and craft – become artistic means. Landry strives for the highest degree of verisimilitude so that the viewer may feel transported to that very locale and virtually assimilate the stories it has to tell.
Joe Landry is a graduate of the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, with postgraduate studies at the Accademia di Belle Arti in Florence, and the Kokoschka School of Vision in Salzburg. He has taught art and design at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, and Tufts University.
Meet the artist Friday August 18th from 7 to 9pm.