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About Lou

Baltimore City

Lou graduated from Ohio Wesleyan University in 1998, and received his MFA from Indiana University in 2004. He has lived in Tucson, Arizona; Columbus, Ohio; Bloomington, Indiana; Venice, Italy; Philadelphia; and Durham, North Carolina, arriving in Baltimore in 2008. Lou currently works as the Visual Arts Specialist at the Baltimore Office for Promotion & The Arts, and is the director of the Institute of Contemporary Art, Baltimore.

A RAY

A Ray is a installation of collaborative paintings by Baltimore artists John Bohl and Lou Joseph, displayed in a series of modular gallery hanging systems designed by the artists. Begun in 2012 when Lou mailed John a set of 10 small paintings to work on while John was in Vermont, they have continued to work on them since in Baltimore, ending up with the over 400 small paintings and 60 larger paintings. These painting are shared and layered, with the artist given control over the individual works and handed back and forth until the artists are satisfied or exhausted and they are then declared done. These paintings include layers of oils, acrylics, gouache, watercolor, graphite, oil markers, spray paint, airbrush and ink, and include elements from the artists’ individual practices, like surrealism, abstract gestural mark-making, weird in-jokes and garish, clashing color.


For this exhibition, the entire set of paintings are displayed in a modular system of racks, boxes, tables, shelves and magnetized holders. We are using this gallery as a tool to help figure out these works in progress, and invite viewers to participate in this process by *carefully* changing out artwork and the racks and boxes to curate relationships between the work and create narrative, formal and/or conceptual themes.

REAM 2.0

Collaborative project by Mark Rice and Lou Joseph. This iteration of the collaboration involved scanning all 700+ of the original REAM drawings and making a variety of high-contrast images from them by making a large "tournament" of black and white images, each stage of the tournament combining or erasing parts of the images to come up with 60 stencils to burn on to silkscreens and printed with plastisol inks in various layers. All prints are 11x17 inches and printed on paper.

COLOSSUS

Since 2006, Micah Bornstein and Lou Joseph have created a body of COLOSSUS-related work consisting of paintings, drawings, comics and objects. During these searching years, the COLOSSUS theme gradually surfaced, and an origin story formed. The COLOSSUS is a dynamic body of work rooted in traditional aesthetics and narrative, but with an imagined trajectory that includes methods more relational, conceptual and performative. We are heavily influenced by mid-century textbooks about space exploration, scientific discovery and technological innovation. We are fascinated by their promises of a better tomorrow and the risks inherent.

  • COLOSSUS painting #10

    COLOSSUS painting #10 2006-2014 Individual work from collaborative paintings, worked on via USPS Mixed media on cardstock 8x10 inches
  • COLOSSUS CARD

    COLOSSUS card 2015 Individual card for COLOSSUS SHOP Mixed media on baseball card 2.5 x 3.5 inches
  • COLOSMIC comic

    COLOSMIC comic 2014 Individual drawing from collaborative comic Ink wash on paper 6x8 inches
  • COLOSMIC comic

    COLOSMIC comic 2014 Individual drawing from collaborative comic Ink wash on paper 6x8 inches
  • COLOSSUS painting #12

    COLOSSUS painting #12 2006-2014 Individual work from collaborative paintings, worked on via USPS Mixed media on cardstock 8x10 inches
  • COLOSSUS CARD assortment

    COLOSSUS cards 2015 Mixed media on baseball cards, in plastic cases each 2.5x3.5 inches
  • COLOSSUS CARD assortment

    COLOSSUS cards 2015 Mixed media on baseball cards each 2.5x3.5 inches
  • COLOSSUS ray guns

    COLOSSUS Ray guns tests Wood, recycled materials, paint. Ray gun sized
  • COLOSSUS painting #2

    COLOSSUS painting #2 2006-2014 Individual work from collaborative paintings, worked on via USPS Mixed media on cardstock 8x10 inches
  • COLOSSUS CARD

    COLOSSUS card 2015 Individual card for COLOSSUS SHOP Mixed media on baseball card 2.5 x 3.5 inches

REAM

REAM is a collaboration between Mark Rice (Philadelphia) and Lou Joseph (Baltimore), which began with 500 sheets of office paper mailed back and forth, each artist adding and subtracting layers with ink, paint, collage, stickers, spray paint, etc, to come up with 500 individual drawings. Using those images as raw materials, Lou and Mark have edited these drawings and reworked them into screen prints, large-scale digital prints and sculptures, which will be displayed in frames or as shaped masonite pieces to create a large flowchart (with vinyl elements, dots or dashes, to connect parts), which will both explain and obfuscate the various meanings and processes behind the work.

Search Engine

Exhibition of all my work from 1998 to the present. Work is displayed topographically , layered on top of each other, filling the gallery space (the ICA Baltimore at the North Ave Market.)

  • Search Engine

    image from Search Engine exhibition
  • Search Engine

    image from Search Engine exhibition
  • Superfund Sites

    three woodcuts of superfund sites 26x26 inches 2012 image from Search Engine exhibtition
  • Car on Fire #4

    Individual Car on Fire drawing graphite on paper 20x20 inches 2011 image from Search Engine exhibition
  • Cars on Fire

    seven graphite drawings 20x20 inches each 2012 image from Search Engine exhibition
  • Search Engine

    image from Search Engine exhibition
  • Search Engine

    image from Search Engine exhibition
  • Busted Car

    latex on paper 58x42 inches 2010 image from Search Engine exhibition
  • Search Engine

    image from Search Engine exhibition
  • Cancer Cells

    Screen prints from cancer cell images series of 10 26x20 inches 2012 image from Search Engine exhibition

Middle States part 5 (Automatic States)

Middle States part two (Tent Cities)

Fort Grunt

Artists' Statement

Fort Grunt was a studio in Durham, NC from 2006 to 2008. Fort Grunt also exists in a parallel world of experiments in conflict, biological perversities and hilarity. Working from an ever-expanding vocabulary of invented characters, scenarios and means of death and struggle, we (Lou Joseph and Ben Fisher) worked towards constructing this world through painting, printmaking and installations, with an eye toward work that is both repulsive and intriguing.

These Things We Believe:

We believe that art shouldn't be tasteful.

We believe that art should be accessible and affordable to those who want it.

We believe that political art almost always sucks.

We believe that art at itâ??s best can combine beauty, intellectual rigor, experimentalism, and an honest sense of humor and end up with a sum greater than its parts.

We believe in outlawing the designated hitter.

We believe humor does not have to be separated from serious intent; in the best cases humor (from Tristram Shandy to fart jokes) can serve to underline this intent.

We believe that the Ramones are better than the Beatles, hands down.

We believe in alternative art venues and experimenting with means of consumption and production, in multitasking, and in seriously investing in a studio practice involving intense collaboration, rigorous research and an eye towards both expansive, laborious installations and saleable discrete objects.

We believe snuggling is grand.

We believe in a broad definition of art, from painting to comics to literature, even to poetry and dance. We also believe in the need for some sort of quality control, a more strict understanding of what art is and what it means. For example, musical theatre is not art. Period. (Except for Shockheaded Peter. and the incidental orchestrated music by Bernard Hermann for West Side Story.)

We believe there is no difference between musical theatre and professional wrestling, that it uses the same cognitive functions, only it appeals to different classes of people.

We believe Justin Timberlake is better than the Beatles.

We believe in Patton.

We believe most everything is better than the Beatles.

We believe it's important to consume cultural artifacts (read books, see films, listen to music) and think about how the consumption interacts with our art and our collaboration.

We believe that in an era of exploding creativity HOW you consume becomes almost as important (but not as important) as what you consume.

We believe we have an obligation to champion art we love.

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