OPENING RECEPTION: Friday May 1, 5pm-10pm
Andrea Joki will present her latest works in the solo exhibition, “Paintings,” at Cleveland’s William Busta Gallery. She is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist who is recognized for her hardedge expressionist paintings.
The dates for the exhibition are May 1 – 30, 2015 with an opening reception on Friday, May 1 from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm. The artist will also be in the gallery on Saturday, May 9 from 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm and will be joined by renown Cleveland poet John Donoghue in his reading of sonnets that respond to the paintings on view. William Busta Gallery is located at 2731 Prospect Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44115. The gallery is open Tuesdays – Saturdays from 11:00 am – 5:00 pm.
About the work the artist writes:
“I began this new series of paintings during a three-month artist residency at Eastside International Art Space (ESXLA) in Los Angeles last spring. I worked outside and learned to get up early and paint before the sun became unbearably hot and the ocean breeze began to blow dirt in my eyes and in the wet paint.
I like to think of my paintings as perfect failures. I’m interested in the disruptions of lines and the breakdown of expressionist fields with linear and geometric motifs. I enjoy the friction in the aesthetic mash-up of styles and find beauty in the containment of the language on woven linen and perfectly crafted stretchers.”
A native of Minnesota, Andrea Joki moved to Cleveland in 1998. She lives in University Heights, Ohio and works at her studio in an old Cleveland warehouse building, with broad views overlooking the city and Lake Erie. Recent honors include an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award in 2015, and a Creative Workforce Fellowship from Community Partnership for Arts and Culture in 2009. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally with recent exhibitions at Eastside International Art Space in Los Angeles, CA and School 33 Art Center in Baltimore, MD. Additional information about the artist and her work can be found on her website andreajoki.com.