REVIEW - 20 COOLEST THINGS IN LA THIS WEEK - March 5, 2017
"On Thursday night from 6-9 pm, the Center for the Arts in Eagle Rock presents the opening reception for The End of Paper, featuring new works from Joe Forte. The show is an “homage and farewell to the precious pulp of our lives” asking viewers to think about what’s kept and what’s discarded in their lives. Proceeds from this exhibition will go to benefit the center’s after school arts enrichment program, Imagine Studio. Forte’s works will remain on view through the end of the month." (READ REVIEW)
REVIEW - EMPIRE WEEKLY
“Nearby, another intriguing piece entitled Escape from Planet of the Apes (clearly reviving the primate movie art by the same title) was created by Joe Forte. He transported this design into the twenty first century with spray paint, stencil work and his chic street style. On top of a background of irrelevant words from what appear to be vintage print publications, layers upon layers of spray painted shapes compile a chromatic ape face that commands the attention of the studio’s bottom floor. Forte’s interpretation is much more thought-provoking than the earliest piece, with endless swirls of color and a hidden image that make you feel like you’re solving a puzzle.” (READ REVIEW)
REVIEW - DAILY DU JOUR
"[Forte’s] mixed-media pieces are captivating—textbook examples of how to create impactful works that convey personal stories of loss and hope." (READ REVIEW)
HENRY LIEN - GLASS GALLERY - CURATOR'S STATEMENT
"Thaddeus Strode, Joe Forte and Aska Irie use imagery from Comix and contrast their pop innocence with jarring colors and violent, abstract flourishes. The pieces are classically in the Low-Brow tradition, which shares with Japanese comtemporary culture, particularly manga and anime, a tension between sunny pop characters and apocalyptic nihilism. The pieces included in this exhibition typify the sort of ambivalence that contmporary culture, Western or Japanese, feels with mass produced imagery, the technology that makes the dissemination of images to millions possible, and the idea of technology and progress in general."