“Art that has been created spontaneously guided by instinct, experimentation and feeling!”-Joe Ginsberg


Interview with Joe Ginsberg-Painter

NY Glam: Tell us a little about yourself and your career beginnings.

As soon as I picked up a crayon at the age of four I was hooked and nothing has changed since. Still experimenting and figuring it out along the way.

NY Glam: What projects are you currently working on?

I am working on new projects continuously. One of the new ones is a larger than life painting that consists of miniature paintings.

NY Glam: What art do you most identify with?

Art that has been created spontaneously guided by instinct, experimentation and feeling.

NY Glam: What themes do you pursue?

Currently my themes are often subconscious in which I can only “see” their true meaning after I have created them.

NY Glam: What’s your favorite art work?

All are important for the evolution of art, therefore I have no favorite work.

NY Glam: Tells us about some of your recent exhibitions. What memorable responses have you had to your work?

The Directed Art Modern participated in The 19th edition of SCOPE New York. Among the works to be shown was my work:  “Pangea” a 10′ x 16′ Aubusson tapestry.

The word Pangea, derived from Ancient Greek, simply translates to “all earth,” in “Pangea” I look through the past centuries and lands on when the world, geographically, was united symbolizing a need for a coming together – a need for unity. The public responded so great to an artwork that brought the message of unity.  

NY Glam: Tell us about one of your projects which you are very proud of.

”House Tricks” a mural to bring awareness to the coalition for the homeless in los Angeles and  “Target” a painting that became the basis for a poster for gunn control.

NY Glam: What does “being creative” mean to you?

Taking chances with the steps in the creative process in order for the challenges that arise to be taken on, creating something that still excites and compels you to keep going while creating something that you never thought would work. Keeping yourself on cue so that you are enticed every time, knowing that you accomplished something new.

NY Glam: What are you trying to communicate with your art?

I am letting the unconscious guide me in an almost trance-like state. Sometimes it is cultural, sometimes social and sometimes there is no meaning at all. 

NY Glam: What role does the Artist have in Society?

An artist role is to jolt the onlookers’ senses and to trigger an emotional response, whether it is happy, sad or everything in between. The emotional response can open up new ways to “see” beyond what the onlooker already knows and stimulates innovation in society.

NY Glam: What are your thoughts on being an artist in today’s world?

In a world that is growing less focused with an endless input of social media and imagery, it is challenging to get people to stand still and focus on their feelings with one singular image and being able to take that “image” in.

NY Glam: How has painting influenced your life?

When I work with the tactile nature of paint and all the different mediums of paint it gives me a sensitivity to nature and visa versa. It puts me on a higher ground and I can see things more clearly when I am working in the medium, understanding light, shadows and pigment. To create something from nothing influences you somehow. It is therapeutic, trance-like and keeps me grounded.

NY Glam: What art movement or artist would you say influences your work most?

Bauhaus and Picasso

NY Glam: What can we expect from you this year?

New projects, new exhibitions, new work.

NY Glam: Can you share with us three favorite things about your city/culture?

1) The fact that the arts and creative elements are all around you in New York.

2) New York is alive 24 hours a day and changing it’s shape continuously. It’s a true chameleon.

3) Our culture is made of immigrants proving that coexistence of cultures can work beautifully together.


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