Joe Hedges - A Curious Inventory installation view, The Art Academy of Cincinnati

Joe Hedges – A Curious Inventory installation view, The Art Academy of Cincinnati

A Curious Inventory
A Solo Exhibition by Joe Hedges
Curated by Dani Téllez

Childlaw Gallery
Art Academy of Cincinnati
1212 Jackson St.
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Exhibition runs October 4, 2015 through October 31, 2015
With a closing reception October 30th, 2015 (Final Friday)

A Curious Inventory features a new video work by myself and Jiemei Lin.  All the works in the show explore the coming obsolescence of physical media, the role of physical artifacts in the age of information, and the limits of image-making as a path to knowledge. This work is inspired by the burgeoning field of Media Archeology, a lifelong interest in boxes, collecting, the aesthetics of bureaucracy, modernist notions of the grid and the cube, and the significance of the glitch as it relates to automatic processes, chance and the expressive mark.

From the press release:

Hedges’ paintings and sculptures feature stacks of storage boxes. These physical works are presented alongside the premier of an eight-minute video piece (a collaboration with Jiemei Lin) and documentation of, an ever-changing work of participatory internet art established in 2012.


The Art Academy of Cincinnati is one of the smallest four-year art colleges in the country, and one of the oldest arts institutions in Cincinnati. Founded in 1869, The Art Academy is located in Cincinnati’s bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood downtown at 1212 Jackson St, Cincinnati, OH 45202.

Joe Hedges received his BFA from Northern Kentucky University and an MFA from the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). He now works at Washington State University in Pullman, WA as Assistant Professor of Painting/Intermedia. Hedges has also taught at Miami University Hamilton, Northern Kentucky University, and worked as a lead artist and project manager with the Cincinnati-based non-profit Artworks executing public murals with teen apprentices.

Dani Téllez is currently seeking a BFA in Art History and Painting from the Art Academy of Cincinnati. She is a painter/printmaker focusing on the formal qualities of colour and texture to reach beauty. Along with her studio practice, she is involved in art historical research and curating local exhibitions.