Joseph Haske is a graduate of the School of Visual Arts’ Advanced Painting Program (1968). He has shown extensively both nationally and internationally. His work has been exhibited at the Tucson Museum of Art (Tucson, Arizona); the Albright-Knox Gallery(Buffalo, New York); and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City). He has been a professor at the Parsons School of Design since 1981. He lives and works in New York City.
“Painting is a form of alchemy; materials of little value, when acted upon, change into something much more than themselves; as in making a silk purse from a sow’s ear. I have been painting for forty-five years working with this magic. When any mark is put on paper or canvas we see that mark as existing in front of the surface, somehow accepting this untruth, we suspend our disbelief and enter into a different reality, as we do when we hear; “Once upon a time…”, or “A man walked into a bar…”. There is illusion; making what is two-dimensional appear to be three-dimensional, a bottle, a figure, a landscape. There is also the desire to make visible what is invisible; the spiritual, and entasis; distortion of the truth to create the appearance of truth. Perhaps this is what Picasso meant when he said; ‘Art is the lie that tells the truth.’”
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