JOEY ENOS | HAMMERFRIAR GALLERY

JOEY ENOS | HAMMERFRIAR GALLERY

SCULPTURE


There is a history of funk around here: Jess, Hedrick, Berman, DeFeo, Volkous and Conner (yes, you should see his current retrospective at MOMA). Bay Area artists combined art, craft and folk art — grabbing bits from dustbins and assembling them into strange and lovely monsters — more than a half-century ago. Over time the movement would become bastardized by everyone form MTV to Burners.

Oakland’s Joey Enos has updated that history and upped the ante.

Enos’ sculptures and wall-pieces are not composed of debris, instead he crafts them of foam core, paint and polyurea, eventually creating a sort of trompe l’oiel funk. It’s as if Disney’s Imagineers have tackled art history, slyly referencing the past through the lens of a Tex Avery cartoon.
— Tim Buckwalter, Northern California Curator

Joey Enos is an Oakland sculptor who attended The Art Institute of Chicago and received his BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2005. In 2014 he received his MFA degree at the University of California, Berkeley.

"Enos makes his sculptures with simple materials — carved foam and layers of paint — to resemble column-like combinations of weathered planks, giant spikes, riveted sheets of metal and discarded tires. His art has an over-exaggerated quality, like the Clapboard architecture seen in Looney Tunes cartoons from the Golden age of animation."
-- Sarah Hotchkiss, KQED Arts

He is currently writing a 3 part series on the Mudflats of Emeryville for KQED. 

The documentary reveals an important part of the Bay Area arts dating back to the 1960's. Joey was influenced by the magic and mystery of this area in Emeryville while he was growing up. Many have wondered if this area pre-dates the now-popular Burning Man.