I Don’t Even Have to Ask, I Already Know, is a solo exhibition by Brooklyn based artist Daniel Joseph. The centerpiece of the show is a film made up of interviews with random figures and friends that have crossed the artist’s path in the last year. This piece, is vol.#1 in a life long series. Three questions are posed to all:
“What is your name and title?”
“When is the last time you cried and why?”
“Why do you do what you do?”
The flood of answers, paintings, sculptures, photos, scrawlings etc., informed by this simple study of what makes us all human comprises the rest of the exhibition. This is a show to justify long faith and illuminate all of our different versions of truth.
“I don’t think Mr. Joseph believes in silent retreats. Instead of stripping things bare he would rather dive into the mess. His collages have a shredded beauty, made out of layers and layers, drizzled with symbols. He piles things on and leaves heavy footprints. He refuses to believe it’s too late for love or that it comes from somewhere above our heads in some kind of refined, expensive air. He wants us to scream and find to each other through the tatters and chatter.
Somewhere down here, deep in the mess, are fresh moments, orgasms, friendship and the lurching laugh-cry you used to get when you laid on the front lawn and looked at the sky. These pieces drag you through all the trash as if you were pulled along by a loving arm that won’t let go. Here are Daniel Joseph’s buoys- swim to one and signal to someone else that you are in love.” – Mike Albo for the artist.