Joe Sinness’s still life drawings are visual narratives of desire. Through the process of selecting and arranging objects and subjects that he adores and then re-presenting them in colored pencil on paper, they—the drawings—become yet another type of fetishized commodity. The seductive beauty of Sinness’s photorealistic drawing style imbues these staged still lifes with a metaphoric presence that he characterizes as “melancholic tributes to queer performance.”
Sinness received his BA in studio art and English literature from St. John’s University before heading to MCAD for his MFA. His work has been widely exhibited around Minnesota and Wisconsin and this year he will have his first international solo show in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The artist is also a 2013 recipient of an Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board and a 2013/14 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists.