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Joseph Bochynski
Brooklyn, NY
Neighborhood: Bushwick

ARTIST STATEMENT: Archeology, symbolism, and the exploration of power structures are three main themes in my work. I use archeology as a metaphor for the cycles of life, whether that be a changing neighborhood, the rise and fall of nation-states, or the extinction of species. Symbolism, especially mystic symbolism, is a powerful cultural force that, even in an age of secular technology, connects the spirit animals of the past to app icons of today. The language of symbols reveals the structures of power, its sources, and its abuses. This becomes especially clear when we are presented with anachronistic objects from the deep past/future.

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Born 1986 - Buffalo, NY
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY


MFA 2013 Painting - Rhode Island School of Design; Providence, RI
BA 2007 Studio Art - Hobart College; Geneva, NY (cum laude)
BA 2007 Mathematics - Hobart College; Geneva, NY (cum laude)


Civics (solo show), Big Orbit Gallery; Buffalo, NY
Making the Future, David & Schweitzer Contemporary; Brooklyn, NY
Echo Art Fair|NYC, High Line Loft; New York, NY
FOMO, Black and White Project Space; Brooklyn, NY
Slow Text Message, eight year installation project at Wayfarers Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Everybody is Everybody (solo show), Davis Gallery at Hobart and William Smith Colleges; Geneva, NY
Glass House: Intimacy With Buildings, Ballroom Projects; Chicago, IL
Chasm, BT&C Gallery; Buffalo, NY
Making History, Storefront Ten Eyck; Brooklyn, NY
Möbius, permanent installation at Projekt 722; Brooklyn, NY
Reactivator, The Active Space; Brooklyn, NY
Permission (solo show), TFNF Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Flat File Show, BT&C Gallery; Buffalo, NY
To Labor With Love, Fjörd Projects; Philadelphia, PA
Global Village (3rd Edition), RochusKapelle; Landshut, Germany and Kulturhuset Brønden; Copenhagen, Denmark
Defending Freedom, Fort Abcoude; Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Echo Art Fair, BT&C Gallery; Buffalo, NY
Graduate Thesis Exhibit, Rhode Island Convention Center; Providence, RI
Well: RISD Painters 2013, Projekt 722; Brooklyn, NY
Labor Force, Memorial Hall Project Space; Providence, RI
Too Big To Fail; Graduate Painting Biennial, Sol Koffler Gallery at RISD; Providence, RI
Recent Acquisitions from the Gerald Mead Collection, Carnegie Art Center; North Tonawanda, NY
Do You Think I Care?, Gelman Gallery at RISD; Providence, RI
White Tie Show, Expose; Providence, RI
Just In Case (Buffalo Edition), Permanent installation at Big Orbit Gallery; Buffalo, NY
Two Becomes One, Wayfarers Gallery; Brooklyn, NY
Rotating Exhibition, Granoff Center at Brown University; Providence, RI
From This Point Forward; Mythology and the Making, RISD Chase Center; Providence, RI
The Artists Among Us, Burchfield-Penney Art Center; Buffalo NY
Personal Culture, RISD Chase Center; Providence, RI
Echo Art Fair, Buffalo Central Terminal; Buffalo, NY
Buffalo on the Bowery, Charles Bank Gallery; New York, NY
Chain Letter, Samson Projects; Boston, MA
Beyond |In Western New York, Burchfield-Penney Art Center; Buffalo, NY (catalog)
Steel and Concrete, Workbar; Boston, MA
Carry-Out Show, MEME Gallery; Cambridge, MA
New Suburban Landscape, Buffalo Sugar City; Buffalo, NY (solo show)
Area Artist’s Show, Collector’s Gallery, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Buffalo, NY
Black and White Exhibit, Market Street Art Center; Lockport, NY
Trimania, Buffalo Artists Studio; Buffalo, NY
Third Annual Staff Show, Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Buffalo, NY
Opening Show, Bon Vivant; Buffalo, NY
Annual Members Show, Big Orbit Gallery; Buffalo, NY
Suburban Imagery and Irony, Houghton House Gallery; Geneva, NY (solo show)
Early Push, City of Buffalo Board of Education; Albright-Knox Art Gallery; Buffalo, NY


Making History Bushwick. P. 109: Arts In Bushwick Press, 2016.
FOMO Becomes Art, Eva Kis in Metro, 1.8.2016
Three Artist Chase After The Impossible, Colin Dabkowski in The Buffalo News, 9.10.2015
Fall Arts Art Harvest, Peter Soscia in Artvoice, 9.10.2015
Bushwick Open Studios: Where Artists Run the Show, Paddy Johnson in Art F City, 6.11.2015
Bushwick Occult Studios: Proof that Art is Alchemy, Dallas Athent in Bushwick Daily, 6.9.2015
To Labor With Love, Erica Maust in Title Magazine, 5.21.2014
A Really Big Show, Greg Cook in The Providence Phoenix, 5.23.2013
Beyond | In Western New York 2010; Alternating Currents. P. 53: Albright-Knox Art Gallery Press, 2010.
Observing Suburbia, Buffalo News, 9.11.2009


In The Studio With Joe Bochynski, Jake Weigel in International Sculpture Center re:sculpt, May 2016
Joe Bochynski, Portia Makoma in Silence Is Accurate, June 2015

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