Photographs,Tincture Paintings on Tile,
and Installations
by Joseph K. Higgins
"Composition One"
enamel on ceramic,
4 1/4 x 4 1/4", 1977
"Drawing Remembrance"
enamel on ceramic,
4 1/4 x 4 1/4", 1977
"Lyric"
enamel on ceramic,
4 1/4 x 4 1/4", 1977
"More Islands"
enamel on ceramic
4 1/4 x 4 1/4", 1977

"Zone # 2"
enamel on ceramic
4 x 6"

"Zone # 5"
enamel on ceramic
4 x 6"
"Serans"
enamel on ceramic
4 1/4 x 4 1/4", 1977
"Sorrow's Shroud"
enamel on ceramic
4 1/4 x 4 1/4", 1977
"More Islands"
enamel on ceramic
4 1/4 x 4 1/4", 1977
"Zone # 4"
enamel on ceramic
4 x 6"
"Reanimate I"
installation, 2001
"Zone # 3"
enamel on ceramic
4 x 6"

 

Joe Higgins grew up by the water in Guilford, Connecticut, where among other forms of beauty, early morning mists over green marshes, and swarming schools of bluefish under the surface of Long Island Sound, kindled his artistic spirit. These natural surroundings fostered a sense of wonder, and an ambition to study art and literature. By contrast, when he did later move to Boston to study Literature at the University of Massachusetts, he was surrounded by abandoned warehouses and elevated train lines. A consciousness of the city’s history, architecture, and its experimental art scene, helped shade Higgins’ artist perception.

As an artist, he is self-taught. "Working in abstract imagery," he says, "is a natural venue for me. It is a broad place, flowing with my artistic process, that allows me freedom of expression. My paintings rely on natural rhythms, building forms similar to those found in nature. The intricacy of detail evokes an experience unique to each viewer. I try to create through depth of pictorial space, an environment that allows into the image. As people see, arrange, and resolve my pictures according to their own ideas, I am able to share part of my artistic experience."

Higgins works with a particularly alchemical medium, augmented by the use the camera to record and expand the image of his results. The medium is the small ceramic tile onto which he uses a dropper to apply various chemical tinctures to the impervious surface, so that the liquid spreads out and dries in amorphous patterns, creating the imagery that is open to the individual viewer’s interpretation.

Higgins is a founding member of the Edwards Street Artist Cooperative, the goal of which is to encourage the creative spirit and artistic work in common among its members. The group inaugurated their two-floor apartment space at 114 Edwards Street on January 6, and again on
June 2, as a significant New Haven avant garde gallery space, showing the works of its six
members, including film work, paintings, photography, installation, mixed media, enameled tile,
and sculpture.

The York Square Cinema Gallery
61 Broadway, New Haven, CT

Gallery curator, Johnes Ruta, (203) 387-4933,
azothgallery@comcast.net;  http://azothgallery.com/

 

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