Joe Macca

Statement

Color has become an increasingly important element in my paintings. For a time I matched color from things in my everyday world and created simple abstract forms to describe them. I am now using color in a multifaceted way: to express the literal vs. symbolic; the actual vs. remembered.

I have always thought of my paintings as ‘representational’ despite their severe abstractness. Color functions as the primary representational tool in this way. Sometimes the work is meant to function as homage, other times as investigations into private memories.

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Education

1999
MFA, Portland State University, Portland, OR

1992
BA, Film, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Solo Exhibitions
2009
"MellowDrama," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"Whispers," Dolby Chadwick Gallery, San Francisco, CA

2008
“slowblivion”, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2006
“Oxygen Paintings,” PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2005
“Flotsam,” New American Art Union, Portland, OR

2004
“The Color of Under Appreciated Things,” PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2003
“Night Paintings and I, Virus,” PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2001
“HEDZ,” PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2000
“Hypostatics,” PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Guardino Gallery, Portland, OR

1999
"Stripes & Atmospheres," Gallery 114, Portland, OR
“Thresholds,” Autzen Gallery, MFA Thesis Exhibition, Portland State University, Portland, OR

Group Exhibitions
2011
"2011," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2009
"My Certain Fate," Pharmaka, curated by Timothy Buckwalter, Los Angeles, CA

2008
“Ship It! (Mail Art Show),” Ouch My Eye Gallery, Seattle, WA
"Kinda Like a Buffet," PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR

2007
“18 Painters,” Mt. Hood Community College, Gresham, OR
“Portland? Fuck Portland!” RocksBox, Portland, OR

2005
“drawing(s): A 25th Anniversary Exhibition,” The Art Gym, Marylhurst University, Marylhurst, OR
“Fresh Trouble,” Curated by Jeff Jahn, Portland, OR
“ArtSlate,” Condon, OR
“3rd Around Oregon Annual,” Artcentric Arts Corvallis Art Center, Corvallis, OR.
“Next,” PDX Contemporarty Art, Portland OR

2004
“Dialogue” Littman Gallery, Portland State University, Portland, OR
Summer Group Show, PDX Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
"24th Annual Gender Synposium Art Exhibition", Lewis & Clark College, Portland, OR. Curated by Barbara Bartholomew.

2003
Annual Juried Group Exhibit, Center on Contemporary Art (CoCA), Seattle, WA

2000
Gallery 114, 10th Anniversary Group Exhibition, Portland, OR
“A Dealer’s Eye,” Art Center Gallery, Clatsop Community College, Astoria, OR

1999
Fluid Gallery, Group Exhibition, Portland, OR
Gallery 114, Group Exhibition

1998
Autzen Gallery, MFA Group Exhibition, Portland, State University

Selected Bibliography

2009
Bowie, Chas. "Joe Macca at PDX Contemporary," The Oregonian, October 23

2008
Speer, Richard, “ 'slowblivion' by Joe Macca at PDX Contemporary Art,” Art Ltd., August
Douglass, Arcy, “Joe Macca’s slowblivion at PDX Contemporary Art,” PORT, January 22
Row, D.K., “Joe Macca's Eye Teasers at PDX Gallery,” Oregonian, January 2

2006
Row, D.K., “Shows of Note,” The Oregonian, July 28
Gallivan, Joseph, "Joe Macca 'Oxygen Paintings'," Portland Tribune, July 6

2005
Bovee, Katherine, “Macca at NAAU,” Portlandart.net, July
De Luca, Andy, “Joe Macca at PDX Contemporary Art,” Artweek, page 21, February

2004
“The Open Studios Pacific Coast Competition” New American Paintings, Volume 55, The Open Studios Press
Row, D.K., "Shows of Note," The Oregonian, November 12

2003
Jahn, Jeff, "Joe Macca: 'Night Painting' and 'I Virus'," nwdrizzle, March 4
Row, D.K., “Stretch Marks” The Oregonian, A & E, page 58, February 28
Bowie, Chas, “Visual Reviews,” The Portland Mercury, February 20

2000
Row, D.K., “Macca’s Masterly Strokes,” The Oregonian, July 15
Raymond, Camela, “Joe Macca’s Hypostatics,” The Portland Mercury, July 13

1999
Row, D.K., “Visions of Light,” The Oregonian, October 28

Collections

Foundation Capital, Menlo Park, CA
Blackfish Creative Marketing, Inc. Portland, OR
DLA Piper, LLP, Seattle WA
Genentech Inc., San Francisco, CA
Frederick R. Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles, CA
Price Waterhouse Coopers LLP, Portland, OR
Opus Capital, San Francisco, CA
Oregon Health Sciences University, Portland, OR

Awards

2005
Best in Show, “ArtSlate,” Condon, OR