The work of Joel Shapiro, an artist based in Sunnyside, Queens, are interestingly engaging in spite of the fact that they mostly consist of common planks of wood. Nevertheless, they have been painted bright color and arranged around gallery spaces in gravity-defying ways so as to create dynamic scenes. In a way, Joel Shapiro shows people how the simplest materials can be transformed into stunning works of art.
The son of a physician and microbiologist, Joel Shapiro set about to follow in his parent's footsteps until he decided to pursue his love of art. A challenging profession, to say the least, Joel Shapiro writes, "You have to have some sense of self and have to have some doubting sense of self in order to externalize your interior, so it’s a peculiar combination of factors, at least in my case, that you sort of, in retrospect, allow."
Gravity-Defying Wooden Installations
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Bubbly Beverage Installations
Geometric Trompe L’Oeil Installations
Massive Multi-Coloured Sculptures
Hairy Calligraphy Installations
Panoramic Light Installations