Sculpted: Histories Revealed (2014 Exhibition)About the Artist: Joe Fish was born in 1977 in Annapolis, Maryland and grew up there until his college years. In 1996, He moved to Baltimore, Maryland to study at the Maryland Institute College of Art. In 1998/99 Fish spent a year studying abroad at Cordwainers College in London U.K. In 1999/2000 Fish worked as an illustrator/designer for a small SoHo New York company. He later returned to school to earn a Masters of Arts in Teaching at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland. Fish has taught art in Baltimore County, Maryland and Fairfax County, Virginia. He currently works and resides in Fairfax, Virginia. Fish has spent years exploring philosophy, art history and advanced industrial techniques in a self-taught style. Fish’s body of work is a collection of precisely machined metal plate constructions that are physical portions of his new subject. This new subject is a radical departure from contemporary stereotypes of both art and religion.
The creation of a new subject has been my greatest self-determined realization. An evolution, a hybridization of art and religion into what has become something altogether novel. My work is not religious, nor is it art as we have known it. I have created a sincere cultural schism. I have utilized laser-cutting technology to create tangible metal plates with precisely cut coded voids. I have made use of graphic design and font design software. Not to create a new font, but instead to create altogether new alphabets. These distinctive glyphs directly translate to the English language and communicate both a unique physical aesthetic and the aesthetic of a fresh prophetic philosophy. This is a cultural step up, a homegrown revelation with worldwide ramifications. I want to grant new, god like powers to the artist, and establish this revolutionary and unknowable new subject. - Joe Fish