Tif Sigfrids is pleased to announce a performance by Joe Sola entitled “Watching TV With My Dealer”. The performance will begin on Monday, July 15th at 10 AM and remain on view through Friday, July 19th. Visitors are welcome to view the performance in the gallery between the hours of 10 AM and 6 PM. The performance will conclude during a closing reception on Friday, July 19th from 6-8 PM. The work will mark the first association between the artist and gallerist in the gallery’s new location in Athens, Georgia.
“Watching TV With My Dealer” can be viewed in relation to earlier works by Sola such as “Car Salesman Selling my Paintings at Art Los Angeles Contemporary Fair” (2015), “Portraits: An Exhibition in Tif Sigfrids’ Ear” (2013), and “Talking About My Drawings With Escorts” (2010), which all question the part that galleries play in the production and distribution of art. These works celebrate the role of the dealer, a recurring character in what could be considered the sitcom version of Joe Sola's artistic production. These often time restrained performances demand audience engagement where conversations materialize and become paramount to the formal structure of the work.
Joe Sola was born in Chicago in 1966 and received his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. His work is the subject of an upcoming exhibition In Production: Art and the Studio System, Yuz Museum Shanghai, China. His work has been included in recent exhibitions at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. Earlier exhibitions have taken place at The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Orange County Museum of Art, and the Andy Warhol Museum. His work is in many public collections including the The Hammer Museum, The Los Angeles County Museum, The High Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art.