My works reflect this fragmented reality by combining painting on canvases with screens, tablets and other electronics and materials. The painted portions of my works function as images but also as symbols of oil painting itself. Painting has a unique capacity for slowness, a complicated history and a unique physical presence. At the same time, through at turns revealing or concealing wires and electronic components within works I draw attention to the physicality of old and new media devices and the inevitable transience of existing formats.
云控制，木板上布面油画，平板电视，CRT 电视，迷你电脑，吉他踏板，电线，有机玻璃时间胶囊，气泡膜，视频，声音，223 x 203 x 43cm，2019
Cloud Control – oil on canvas, oil on canvas over wood panel, flatscreen television, CRT television, mini-computer, guitar pedals, cords, plexiglass time capsule, bubble wrap, video, sound, 223 x 203 x 43cm, 2019
I balance an interest in art historical modes of oil painting with contemporary ideas. I channel my discomfort with a present that feels broken into works that combine the digital, analog and physical realms into precarious, momentary wholes.
莱纳斯 – 泡沫塑料上的布面油画、平板显示器、媒体播放器、循环视频、急救毯，76 x 101 x 10cm, 2021
Linus – oil on canvas over styrofoam, flatscreen monitor, media player, looping video, emergency blanket, 76 x 101 x 10cm, 2021
Joe Hedges is an intermedia artist with an expansive practice that weaves together oil painting, new media and installation. Hedges is the recipient of several grants and has exhibited nationally and internationally. Recent exhibitions include solo shows at Bolivar Gallery at the University of Kentucky, Chase Gallery in Spokane, WA and Artworks in Loveland, CO. Shortly before the advent of the internet, Hedges grew up climbing trees and drawing in rural southwest Ohio in the United States. He is currently living in Pullman, Washington where he makes use of his diverse background in the arts to create original combinatorial works. In addition to maintaining his studio practice, Hedges coordinates the painting area at Washington State University and organizes community public art projects.