Jimmy Joe Roche
Since 2009

Jimmy Joe Roche is an American Visual Artist residing in Baltimore, MD. His videos have screened in venues including the Royal Academy of Arts in London, Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, J. Paul Getty Museum, Incubate Arts Festival in the Netherlands, Rojo@Nova 2010 in Brazil, and Baltimore Museum of Art. In 2008 Roche had his first solo show at Rare Gallery in New York, 2010 marked his second solo show in Colorado at the Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design, and his third solo show opened at Rare Gallery in January of 2011. His work has appeared in numerous publications including Beautiful Decay, The New Museum's "Younger Than Jesus" Artist Directory, "100 New Artists" Laurence King Publishing, and a feature article in the Spanish Art Magazine BELIO.

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Reframing Tumblr: Hyper Geography

Its interesting how I increasingly see the burqa appearing in these expanded future digital cyborg online visual manifestos -- I think us western liberals almost see it as some kind of exotic sci-fi dune like star wars fetish gear.


Artist Profile: Petra Cortright

I think one of the most interesting things about working through these massive networks such as youtube is the way that people find information through tags and keyword searches. In this way the “container” of information surrounding the work becomes a sort of shadow of the Media - a part of the work - though not the piece itself. Cortright uses tags and descriptions such as “tits vagina sex nude boobs britney spears paris hilton jordan capri honeymoon hollywood lindsey lohan girl woman lady sexy man hot stud slut fuck ass bitch nigger chink gook cracker” on some videos.

I think it would be interesting to know her thoughts behind tagging her videos and what an artist says about Internet culture when they attach a certain cloud of words to their work. It seems that on one level artists are attempting a sort of subversion of  different subcultures that might accidentally discover our work and - get confused,agitated, excited - maybe even inspired. (maybe) at best tagging  is a way to hide your art in ( a subcultures) sheeps clothing - maybe at worst artist become (a little) complicit with what their critiquing or attempting to subvert. I tagged a recent video “tripping, acid, lsd, Psilocybin, art forum, wasted, terrorism, home made explosives, munchies.”


It’s Only Humanist

Claudia Hart's work - like her massive four channel installation of an aging computer generated greek temple come to mind. Its interesting to think of the dichotomy between greek sculpture which is a cultural staple of timelessness, lasting for a thousand years, and technological advancement which during its relatively short history has “eaten its young” constantly renders files obsolete, broken, corrupted, at a pretty tight clip. I think that part, perhaps only a small part, of the fascination with greek art, beyond the irony, is that there is a longing for the direction and cohesion that artists once had before modernism and the death of god (in art). Maybe its  like a sigil, a charm, ( parasitic even) place the image of something that has survived for a thousand years inside of you idea and maybe your little box will be spared.