Freelance Illustrator Artist Filmmaker
Exhibition by Joe Magee,
Line Gallery Stroud, 2 April 2016. Part of SITE Festival
Images and objects in the space use jelly (jello) as a medium to explore memory, identity and the contemporary human mind. A series of related films also screened at The Goods Shed, Stroud, April 2016.
The Day of the Aloof Icon, 2014
Exhibition of prints, London.
House of Bread 2010
Video installation in a second-hand shop, Elizabeth's Place (an ex-bakery), Bristol. Films exploring the myths and mysteries of bread and bread-making were projected onto circular screens. Small objects made of bread, such as skulls and little houses, were placed in the window amongst the general objects for sale. Commissioned by Illuminate Bristol.
WERK No. 16: Joe Magee Special, 2009
is an award-winning 376-page limited edition book containing a substantial cross-section of Joe's visual images. This collaboration between Theseus Chan's Singapore studio and Joe Magee is experimental and individually finished, with die-cut fold-outs pasted throughout and a spine hand-finished with used newspapers. Text and interviews are contributed by Professor Alison Harley. WERK No.16 was the winner of 2 D&AD (British Design and Art Direction) Awards for Outstanding Achievement 2009 for it's design and images. Information about previous issues of Werk, visit www.workwerk.com
Humming Paradise, 2009
Exhibition including film installation and prints. This new body of work, supported by an award from Arts Council of England, explores aspects of human communication, interaction and thought processes. 'Phishing', a large-scale photographic treescape infested with human messages in the form of braille, was encouraged to break down in a natural process of corruption by being sold off in small sections during the show - with all proceeds going to Sightsavers. Ffotogallery, Penarth, 4 Jul-15 Aug 2009. Centrespace, Bristol. May 2009. Supported by Arts Council of England, The Arts Council of Wales, Cardiff City Council and The Welsh Assembly.
Blackbird Has Spoken, 2001
Multimedia (short story, animation, printed images). Supported by an award from Arts Council of England this body of work by explores how culture (in this case language) replicates, spreads, and mutates. Funded by Arts Council of England. Watershed, Bristol, December 2001, Flux Magazine, Feb 2002.
Exhibition of prints. A series of large printed images that equate the school playground with a petri dish; looking at the dynamics of 'culture' and how it replicates itself. Hope Street Gallery, Liverpool 2001. Funded by Arts Council of England. Supported by Liverpool John Moores University
A Personal History of Corruption, 2002
Interactive artwork, prints, short film. This body of work by was produced as part of The Clarke Digital Bursary 2002 and explores the human and natural histories of the notion of 'corruption'. At the centre is a piece of interactive web-based art looking at the story of the Garden of Eden. Watershed Media Centre, September 2002. Developed at PVA Media Lab and Watershed. Supported by J.A. Clark Charitable Trust, University of the West of England, Arts Council of England.
Exhibition of prints and animation. This exhibition was the start of a long collaboration with Watershed. Initially commissioned as a print exhibition, I also created a rudimentary animation for Watershed's in-house monitors, sparking an interest in moving image that has steadily grown. The work built on 'Damage' - a response to the genetic engineering revolution. But Reproduction extended the realm beyond biological engineering, to that of ideas in the human mind. Watershed, Bristol 1998, International Symposium of Electronic Arts, Liverpool 1998, Funded by Arts Council of England and Watershed.
Sleep Now, and Awake In Hell, 2011
Residency in the prestigious archive of the Heriot Watt School of Textiles and Design at Galashiels resulting in an exhibition at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh. The work (double-sided prints hung central in the gallery) explored aspects of the industrial revolution, people's growing relationship with technology, and the moralistic work ethos that simultaneously emerged. The images were presented at a group exhibition curated by Mark Eley (Eley Kishimoto] at Dovecot Studios, Edinburgh 20-24 June 2011. Further details: http://schooloftextilesanddesign.tumblr.com/tagged/joemagee
Short experimental video film in collaboration with artist Alistair Gentry. Hypnomart uses footage of shoppers to create a synthetic mall, driven by surveillance, in which the shoppers are fodder for gratuitous manipulation of body language and an investigation of how people behave in public spaces. The film was short listed for two British Animation Awards (Best use of New Technology, and Most Cutting Edge Film). Commissioned by Arts Council of England and Channel 4. Broadcast Channel 4, UK September 2001. Exhibition screenings include ICA (London), Hiroshima Media Festival (Japan), Microwave Media Festival (Hong Kong), ISEA International Symposium of Electronic Arts (Japan), Encounters, (Bristol), V&A Museum (London), National Portrait Gallery (London).
The Daily Telegraph Project, ongoing
"Grossly Obscene" The Daily Telegraph
"Potentially Libellous" The Daily Telegraph
WERK No.16: Joe Magee Special INSTALLATION in collaboration with ROCKET (Tokyo), 2008
Exhibition of drawings. Following on from the publication of the award winning WERK No.16 by Theseus Chan's WORK Studio in Singapore, Tokyo's Rocket gallery invited me to present the drawings that underpinned my imagery in that book. Rocket, 28 Nov - 23 Dec 2008. 6-9-6 Jinguumae, Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 150-0001, Japan
Multimedia installation. Commissioned by PVA Media Lab as a piece of art to mark the turn of the new millennium, Jesusplex draws upon my Catholic upbringing to try and create something that satisfies both a desire and belief in scientific knowledge - and a deep need for some kind of spiritual experience. The moving-image work was projected large in Bridport's Scientific and Literary Institute, at the first Swipe Festival 1999. Thank you to Simon Poulter and Julie Penfold. Funded by Arts Council of England (also installed at Manchester Metropolitan University Holden Gallery, Manchester 2000)
Seeing it in Black and White, 2003
An exhibition of limited edition prints of selected black and white newspaper illustrations that I originally provided for publications such as The Guardian, Libération and New York Times. Institute of Contemporary Interdisciplinary Arts, University of Bath. Nov - Dec 2003. Funded by University of Bath ICIA
Exhibition, including published catalogue. Dolly the cloned sheep took 277 attempts. We do not question the reason for her existence, merely the ethics of the process. My first exhibition was a response to the genetic engineering revolution that was taking place at the time - and comprised large digitally composed prints that paralleled the work of genetic scientists and digital artists - both compulsively reconstructing in pursuit of the intangible. Aytoun Gallery, Manchester. Funded by Arts Council of England and The National Lottery. Supported by Manchester Metropolitan University