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Joe Sola
Portraits: An Exhibition in Tif Sigfrids' Ear

Interview with Joe Sola in Art in America 
Interview with Joe Sola in Huffington Post
Preview of the exhibition in LA Weekly
eview in the Los Angeles Times
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TIF SIGFRIDS is happy to announce the opening of her new gallery on October 12th with an exhibition by Joe Sola entitled Portraits: An Exhibition in Tif Sigfrids' Ear. For this inaugural show, Joe Sola has created a series of six portraits ranging from 4/64 x 5/64 inches to 11/128 x 5/64 inches in size. The paintings, all oil on styrene, are hung in an exhibition space that will be situated in the gallerist's ear during gallery hours for the length of the exhibition. Sola's diverse practice includes video work, painting, and performance.

In his video work Sola has jumped out of windows (Studio Visit, 2005), been run over by a team of high school football players from Ohio (Saint Henry Composition, 2001), and rode roller coasters with male porn stars (Riding with adult video performers, 2002). In performances he has had male fashion models make art (Male Fashion Models Make Conceptual Art, 2005-9) and talked about his drawings with female escorts, (Talking About My Drawings with Female Escorts, 2010) This will be his first exhibition comprised entirely of oil paintings.

Joe Sola was born in Chicago in 1966 and received his MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. His work will be included in the upcoming exhibition: Damage Control: Art and Destruction since 1950 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. The exhibition is curated by Russell Ferguson and will travel to the Musee'd'Art Modern Grand-Duc Jean Luxembourg and Kunsthaus Graz, Austria in 2014. His work has been included in public exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, The Wexner Center for the Arts, The Orange County Museum of Art, the Andy Warhol Museum, and most recently at 365 S. Mission Rd. He is represented by Blackston in New York.

The Press Release written by Leland de la Durantaye.
Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday, 10-5


  • Untitled, 2013
    Oil on styrene, 4/64 x 11/128 inches
  • Untitled (Russell), 2013
    Oil on styrene, 5/64 x 6/64 inches

  • Untitled, 2013
    Oil on styrene 11/128 x 6/64 inches
  • Untitled, 2013
    Oil on sytrene, 4/64 x 5/64 inches

  • Young man crying, 2013
    Mixed media on styrene, 5/64 x 15/128 inches

  • Untitled, 2013
    Mixed media on styrene, 5/64 inches x 15/128 inches