JOEL WOODWARD, "PIXEL CONFETTI," "RAVER," "SUGAR DATA," PAGES 33 - 36
What are we? Who are we? Where are we going? How wil l we get there?
My work is a convergence of graphic shapes, patterns, symbols, gestured abstraction, and is driven by an obsessive search for unfamiliar and uncanny imagery. I ’m continual ly interested in how the variety of texture, the unpacking and navigation of color, and automatism informs the anatomy of that uncanny imagery. I let as many different possibilities emerge as I can, and I chal lenge myself with the limitations of traditional media. The work is inspired by the philosophical questions of where human society is going in our fast-paced and technological ly driven world, explorations of the primitive, and fascinations from evolution. I ’ve been a student of art and a working artist for over 20 years. Born and raised in Northern California, my interest in art took root in the mid-90s with my many visits to art museums and gal leries in San Francisco. Eventual ly moving to Southern California, I earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Drawing and Painting from Laguna Col lege of Art and Design, and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Art from California State University,
Long Beach. I also have 20 years’ experience working in various capacities at Laguna Art Museum where I currently serve as the Director of Operations. I have also been involved with the art dept. at Coastline Community Col lege. Beginning in Nov. of 2017 as an Embedded Art Tutor for drawing classes, then on to an English Writing Tutor through 2018, until final ly being offered to teach Art History online in the spring of 2019, which I have done every semester since.
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