ARTIST: JOE KLAUS

Joe Klaus, born on Long Island (USA), and currently resides and works in Queens, New York.  Klaus is a contemporary artist and designer who focuses on parallels in different themes within his work. His abstractions challenge viewers to look past the image and focus on the emotion it gives.

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Klaus’s artistic practice shifts between the mediums of painting, collage and photography.  His work is inspired by the human form and the dialogues therein. His brush strokes, though sometimes erratic, act as a frame and a vessel to harbour the work and allow new images to emerge.

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Klaus says My work follows memories and the lack thereof; the fine line between what we remember and imagine. The recollection of joy, sadness, past and present; the ghosts of remembrance and our former lives.  In short these expressions are from a memory I’ve never had, a thought of pure imagined sensibility.  I strive to discover and further understand the physical world from the inside out (or sometimes outside in).

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Through mixed media, painting and photography along with found objects I seek to find the in-between of reality and daydreams. Consciously exploring the unconscious to discover the deprived memories that never come to the surface; communicating a basic human function and allowing it to still have interpretation.

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Within this frame work of comfort and the frailty of memories being expressed I pull from my own energies of masculine and feminine, strength and sensuality, color and emotion to create a more interpretive form whether abstract or figurative.

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To explore Klaus’s works further please visit the artists website and Instagram.

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To explore more queer contemporary art please  visit www.balaclavadotq.net.

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