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Joe Levickas
updated: 10/21/2011
website: www.joelevickas.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
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He Pingping, from the Noble Portraits series
Bao Xishun, from the Noble Portraits series
(African) American Woman #1
Twins (African/ American)
Twins (Polynesian/ American)
Bearded Man
Bearded Man
Bearded Man
Native Americana: Warpaint
Native Americana: Papoose
Native Americana: Mohawk
Untitled
Yanomamo, from the Savages series
New Guinean, from the Savages series
Aboriginee, from the Savages series
 
Portfolio Keywords:  race, figurative, gender/sexuality, humor, social criticism, historical
 
 
He Pingping, from the Noble Portraits series by Joe Levickas
He Pingping, from the Noble Portraits series
Pencil on Paper
2010
14" x  11" 
Bao Xishun, from the Noble Portraits series by Joe Levickas
Bao Xishun, from the Noble Portraits series
Pencil on Paper
2010
14" x  11" 
(African) American Woman #1 by Joe Levickas
(African) American Woman #1
Pencil on Paper
2006
7" x  11" 
Twins (African/ American) by Joe Levickas
Twins (African/ American)
Pencil on Paper (dyptich)
2007
14" x  22" 
Twins (Polynesian/ American) by Joe Levickas
Twins (Polynesian/ American)
Pencil on Paper (dyptich)
2007
14" x  22" 
Bearded Man by Joe Levickas
Bearded Man
Inkwash on Colored Paper
2009
10 " x  8 " 
Bearded Man by Joe Levickas
Bearded Man
Pencil on Colored Paper
2008
10 " x  8 " 
Bearded Man by Joe Levickas
Bearded Man
Inkwash on Colored Paper
2009
10 " x  8 " 
Native Americana: Warpaint by Joe Levickas
Native Americana: Warpaint
Pencil on Paper
2005
29" x  23" 
Native Americana: Papoose by Joe Levickas
Native Americana: Papoose
Pencil on Paper
2005
29" x  23" 
Native Americana: Mohawk by Joe Levickas
Native Americana: Mohawk
Pencil on Paper
2005
29" x  23" 
Untitled by Joe Levickas
Untitled
Pencil on Paper
2007
29" x  23" 
Yanomamo, from the Savages series by Joe Levickas
Yanomamo, from the Savages series
Pencil on Paper
2007
14" x  11" 
New Guinean, from the Savages series by Joe Levickas
New Guinean, from the Savages series
Pencil on Paper
2008
14" x  10" 
Aboriginee, from the Savages series by Joe Levickas
Aboriginee, from the Savages series
Pencil on Paper
2008
14" x  10" 

Artist Statement
As a starting point to understanding my work, I often think of Manet’s Olympia. While there were hundreds of years of female nudes that preceded that painting, Manet broke with tradition by painting her staring out at the viewer. Confident yet complicit, Olympia confronts the viewer with her eyes. Unlike the passive and unaware female nudes that had preceded her, Olympia knows that she is being looked at, judged, objectified. And yet she allows the viewers to do so, even challenges them to hold their gaze. In nearly all of my works, this is what my subjects do.


The figures in my work know they are being objectified by the viewer. I’m interested in the cultural meanings and values that are attributed to each body type. Each body is read like a cultural artifact, its meaning derived from its shape, color, and size, seen through the lens of the culture by which it is viewed. The figures are fit into the roles that society has ascribed to people with those body types. They are categorized and stereotyped by their race, their gender, their class, their age, the shape of their bodies… Yet they stare back at the viewer, knowing that they are being looked at and objectified, and like Olympia, they refuse to be victims in the exchange. It is this tension that much of my work relies on.


My works seeks out that grey area between two categories; between representation and exploitation; between equality and inequality; between sameness and difference; between truth  and assumption. I make use of art historical references, media images, and visual puns, transposing one on top of the next, forcing the viewer to unravel their own assumptions and prejudices about the figures in my work.

Artist Bio / CV

EDUCATION
2002. MFA, Painting. Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
 
2000. BFA, Painting, University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign

SELECT EXHIBITIONS

2011. Stone Soup. Work*Detroit, Detroit, MI 

2011. Extremes. The Gallery Project, Ann Arbor, MI 

2011. Self Portrait as Rock Star. Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD 

2010.  Bambi Biennial. Curators Roberta Fallon & Libby Rosoff, Bambi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA

2010.  Monsters, Work*Detroit, Detroit, MI 

2010.  Disillusion, Work*Ann Arbor, Ann Arbor, MI 

2009. SALIGIA: Seven Deadly Sins. Pittsburgh, PA

2009.  Bearded Men. Beleza, Pittsburgh, PA

2008. The Perfect 8 Magazine Stand Project. Haven Arts Gallery, NY, NY 

2007. The 100 Bucks Show. Ai.lov.iu Gallery, Brooklyn, NY 

2007. The Face. The 'temporary Museum of Painting, Brooklyn, NY 

2006. American Diaspora: Transformations in an Age of Uncertainty. Victory Hall, Jersey City, NJ   

2005. Voxennial. Vox Populi, Philadelphia, PA 
2005. Project Diversity. Multiple Locations, Brooklyn, NY 
2002. Beyond The Gates. Art In General, New York, NY; Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, NY 
2002. Untitled. Power Gallery, Wayne, NJ 
2002. Mythologies. Steuben West Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
2002. Dialogues, Steuben East & West Galleries, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY 
2001. The Babies Show. Fine Arts Department, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY

Awards & Residencies:

2009. Juror's Award, SALIGIA, Pittsburgh Society of Artists

2005. Painting Residency, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT 

2005. Barbara White Fellowship, Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT

Publications & Reviews:

"Libby and Roberta Pick", The Philadelphia Inquirer, July 18, 2010

"Twins", Perfect 8: The Space Between Things, Issue 4, April 2009  

"Men's Interest Magazines Revised", by Diana Schmertz. Perfect 8: Beneath The Skin Issue 3, January 2008

"Vox to the System", by Roberta Fallon, Philadelphia Weekly, June 15, 2005 

"Art Camp", by Libby Rosof, artblog, June 6, 2005 
New American Paintings: The MFA Annual 2002