Jim Joe is a mysterious and curious graffiti writer, who has been spreading his name across the streets of downtown New York for the past four years. His scribbled handwriting dots the urban jungle of the Lower East Side and the East Village, making him a compelling, memorable presence on the city streets. This month, at New York's The Hole Gallery on the Bowery, Jim Joe has an exhibition fittingly titled "January 2014" containing new drawings, paintings, and installation pieces.
Jim Joe's select gallery shows in Paris, Toronto, and New York have shown a different level of quality in his work. The context of his drawings and arrangements allow them to speak more freely. Exaggerated portraits, found material sculptures, and other readymades comprise Jim Joe's portfolio, and the artist draws inspiration from Marcel Duchamp and the Dada movement. Jim Joe has also worked with the likes of Kanye West, showing the breadth of his talent as an artist. Famous for dodging interviews with decoys, however, Jim Joe remains anonymous. We did some digging on the enigma to give you 10 Things to Know About Mysterious Street Artist Jim Joe.
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