JOE BECKER

There are many recurring themes and subjects in Joe Becker’s work: corrupted innocence, notions of nostalgia, decay, and mass-marketed characters and icons of his youth. These themes have remained important to his practice throughout the years for a variety of reasons. They are part of our shared social and cultural anxieties. The work takes many forms. Visceral composites plundered from cartoons, humor magazines, horror movies, VHS covers, video games, Topps trading cards, and illustrations from childhood all mix together into a primordial stew. The resulting efforts create an agitated universe besieged with agonizing gluttony, toilet humor, wacky scenarios, and rich amalgams of personal and cultural detritus. The repetition of artifacts and codified characters—each with their own assigned proclivities—exist within a space that is loaded with red herrings, inside jokes, and jumbled memories.

 

Recently, Joe Becker has exhibited his work at The Phi Centre, Montréal (2013), as well as in exhibitions in New York, London, Leipzig and Los Angeles. His work has been included in Carte Blanche Vol 2. Painting, The MOCCA, Toronto (2009).  His paintings can be found in many private and corporate collections in Canada and the U.S. including the Absolut Collection - M.O.M.A. New York. He has participated in numerous international art fairs including: Aqua Miami, Pulse L.A., Scope New York, Scope Miami, ARCO Madrid, and DC Duesseldorf Contemporary.  He is the recipient of the 2013 Tom Hopkins Memorial Graduate Award and the 2014 Lillian Vineberg Graduate Award.  Becker received his BFA from OCADU in 2003 and MFA in drawing and painting from Concordia University in 2015.

 

EDUCATION

2015  Concordia University – MFA, Montreal, Quebec
2003
 Ontario College of Art and Design
  O.C.A.D. Toronto, Ontario
 


SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2016   Black Knights of Cockaigne, Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
2015   Nevermind – MFA thesis exhibition- Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
2013  Recent Paintings - The PHI centre, Montreal, Quebec
2007  The Age of The Swine- Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2006  BECKERWOOD- Mind Control Gallery, Toronto
2006  JOE BECKER - Mind Control Gallery, Toronto, Ontario

GROUP EXHIBITIONS (SELECTED)
2015  The Triumph of the Therapeutic- Patrick Mikhail Gallery, Montreal, Quebec
2014  Fresh Paint – Art Mur, Montreal, Quebec
2014  Diff’rent Strokes: The Jacket- French Restaurant, Montreal, Quebec
2011- Aqua Miami – Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario
2011  Pulse L.A – Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario
2010  Savant (curated by Joe Becker) – High Roller Society, London, U.K
2010  Montano’s maladay -  Galarie Favardin & de Verneuil, Paris, France
2010   Magic Club – Potemka Gallery, Leipzig, Germany
2010   Your third eye is the dictator – Gowanus projects, New York, U.S.A
2010   Next – Pilotenkeuche Spinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
2010   The Dazzle – Narwhal Art Projects, Toronto, Ontario
2009   Scope New York- Christopher Cutts Gallery, New York, U.S.A
2008   Carte Blanche vol. 2-Painting- Museum of Canadian Contemporary Art, Toronto, Ontario
2008    Scope New York- Christopher Cutts Gallery, New York, U.S.A
2008   Arco Madrid  -Christopher Cutts Gallery, Madrid, Spain
2007   Summer Splash- Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2007   Scope New York- Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2007   DC Duesseldorf Contemporary- Christopher Cutts Gallery
, Dusseldorf, Germany
2006   Scope Miami-Christopher Cutts Gallery, Miami, U.S.A
2006   Blaze Days – Christopher Cutts Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2006   Basic Instinct – Spin Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2006   Another World is possible-, Gallery Neubacher, Toronto, Ontario               
2005   Walls Before Winter – Gallery Neubacher , Toronto, Ontario
2005   Blender 3- Mind Control Galley, Toronto, Ontario
2005   Summer Fling- Gallery Neubacher, Toronto, Ontario
2004   Blender 2, presented by MIX Magazine - Mind Control Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2004  Efficiency 2- Mind Control Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2004  ‘G’-Note* - Mind Control Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2004  Hang Pals- The Fran Hill Gallery,Toronto, Ontario
2003  Efficiency - Mind Control Gallery, Toronto, Ontario
2003  OCAD Digital Painting - The Cameron House, Toronto, Ontario
2003  JOE BECKER/brian donnelly : New Paintings - Gallery 61, Toronto, Ontario

RESIDENCIES
2010- Pilotenckeuche – Pilotenkeuche studio, Leipzig Germany

AWARDS
2014  Lillian Vineberg Graduate Award  
2013  Tom Hopkins Memorial Graduate Award

 
2013  Elizabeth Blackstock Tuition Scholarship
  
2003  TL Pro Imaging Prize 

2003  Curry's Art Store Prize

      

COLLECTIONS
PHI centre – Montreal
Phoebe Greenberg – Montreal
Steve Shane – New York, USA    
Absolut Collection - M.O.M.A. New York, USA

PUBLICATIONS

Carte Blanche vol. 2-Painting 2008
Godard, Peter “At the Galleries” The Toronto Star  Jan 19, 2008: E12
Bite - Bite 09, February - March 2003
    
Cheek - Fashion Television Channel, Re: dance...dance...dance...
   
MIX>independent art & culture magazine - Vol. 28. 1. Summer 2002


ART FAIRS

2011   Aqua Miami
2011   Pulse L.A.
2008   Scope New York
2009   Scope New York
2008   ARCO Madrid
2007   Scope New York
2007   Scope New York
2007   DC Duesseldorf Contemporary
2006   Scope Miami

 

Press

METRO MAGAZINE MONTREAL: JOE BECKER EXPOSE SON UNIVERS
PHI CENTRE MONTREAL: AN INTERVIEW WITH JOE BECKER
JOE BECKER FEATURED IN FASHION MAGAZINE EXCLUSIVE BEHIND-THE-SCENES OF BECKER'S DINNER AT THE DHC FOUNDATION
JOE BECKER AT MONTREAL'S PHI CENTRE "ONE OF CANADA'S MOST MERCURIAL PAINTERS": SOLO EXHIBITION AT MONTREAL'S RENOWNED SPACE FOR ART
JOE BECKER AU CENTRE PHI
NOW MAGAZINE: JOE BECKER ARTIST PROFILE