Artist Representation by Karole Sessums and the Lola AgencyJoe DeCamillis Artwork Inspired by the life of Jack Kerouac
JOE DeCAMILLIS           BOOK ARTS              sculpture              painting             mixed mediaArtist Representati...
Joe DeCamillis – Artist StatementI studied Literature and Creative Writing at UCLA in the mid 1980s. I was under the impre...
My own writing and poetic sense continued to creepinto the work more deeply as I experimented withpainting on top of book-...
Dharma Blues—The Kerouac                          Crazy Quilt kicks off a series that                          promises to ...
Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers...
Full viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans, moversb...
Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers...
Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers...
Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers...
Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers...
Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers...
Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers...
Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers...
In 2010, I executed  my rst typewritersculpture inspired bythe way Jack Kerouac   wrote his original manuscript of On the ...
Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010
Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010
Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010
Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010
Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010
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Dharma Blues—The Kerouac Crazy Quilt by artist, Joe DeCamillis, kicks off a series that promises to further explore and blur the separation of the literary world and the visual arts, the high art world and the traditions and heritage of American crafts and folk art. Portfolio also includes mixed media typewriter sculptural pieces inspired by Kerouac's original manuscript of On the Road. Artist representation: Karole Sessums and The Lola Agency. karole@happygolola.com

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  • JoeDeCamillisKerouacPortfolio

    1. 1. Artist Representation by Karole Sessums and the Lola AgencyJoe DeCamillis Artwork Inspired by the life of Jack Kerouac
    2. 2. JOE DeCAMILLIS BOOK ARTS sculpture painting mixed mediaArtist Representation by Karole Sessums and the Lola Agency 601.954.5154 karole@happygolola.com
    3. 3. Joe DeCamillis – Artist StatementI studied Literature and Creative Writing at UCLA in the mid 1980s. I was under the impression that mypassion for reading meant I should become a writer. I found only frustration and heartache, so four yearslater, I quit school, quit writing, and ended up back in Boulder for my oldest brother’s wedding. In need of anew outlet for my creative drive, I decided to try my hand at drawing and painting. The rst time I tried oilpainting at the age of 25, I knew I could better tell stories with paint than words. I knew from the rst butterysmell of the oils. Painting instantly became my passion and within three years, my means of living.From 1991 to 94, I traversed America from coast to coast and border to border in a vintage RV living on theroad full-time via the art-fair circuit. The sheer volume of paintings necessary to survive living on the circuithoned my artistic skills in ways that no amount of classes or workshops could have. Also feeding myravenous creative hunger were the gaps between fairs that gave me time to haunt museums across thecountry and devour the old masters from up close while also consuming the fast-food curiosities ofcontemporary art trends.My process constantly evolved over the next two decades as I challenged myself to explore new media andmeans of presentation. In 2004, I pushed the extremes of scale by creating paintings smaller than postagestamps that retained the precise detail and intense illumination that had become my trademark. A moredramatic shift began, when I built my rst frames from old books to emphasize the storytelling nature of mywork. It also began the merger of my passions: art, writing, and collecting. The books, altered throughvarious means, no longer served as just the frame for the paintings, but rather encouraged a dialogue tounfold between the collage elements of text, imagery, and personal writings.
    4. 4. My own writing and poetic sense continued to creepinto the work more deeply as I experimented withpainting on top of book-page collage and antiquepostcards. I also reversed the process of my originalaltered book art idea by setting altered books inside oflarger paintings. In 2010, I executed my rst typewritersculpture inspired by the way Jack Kerouac wrote hisoriginal manuscript of On the Road using a typewriterand stack of tracing paper taped together to form a 120foot scroll.In 2009 I stitched together my rst quilt from thestripped covers of hardback books. I had wanted tocreate larger works using everything learned with theminiature paintings/altered book series. My rstattempts were large collage scrolls with paintingsworked on top of them. After laying out all of the collagethough, I would step back and feel reluctant to mar therich paper surface with paint. They looked like bigbeautiful abstract paper quilts to me. These pieces,which I still create today, were the bridge to the thebook-cover quilt.
    5. 5. Dharma Blues—The Kerouac Crazy Quilt kicks off a series that promises to further explore and blur the separation of the literary world and the visual arts, the high art world and the traditions and heritage of American crafts and folk art.I chose Kerouacs life and writings as the subject for my rst quilt to pay him homage for inspiring myearly creative adventures. I had collected the old hardbacks since 2001 and conceived the idea fouryears before I nally mustered the courage to execute it. But once I began stitching in the Spring of 09,it took just a three-week frenzy of cutting, stitching, and mending to complete—the same time it tookKerouac to type the original manuscript of On the Road.I chose the crazy quilt format for its proclivity towards improvisation. Kerouac sought to invent his new kind ofAmerican prose inspired by the spontaneous outbursts of bebop jazz and the free- owing breath of Buddhistmeditation. I utilized a well-worn movers blanket as the background structure. It has been back and forth across thecountry like him, perhaps even more times. None of the covers in the quilt are from Kerouacs books, but they all dore ect something about his background, his personality, writing style, novels, characters, his generation, or his times.
    6. 6. Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers blanket, thread, hand-stitchedby Joe DeCamillis
    7. 7. Full viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans, moversblanket, thread, hand-stitched by Joe DeCamillis
    8. 8. Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers blanket, thread, hand-stitchedby Joe DeCamillis
    9. 9. Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers blanket, thread, hand-stitchedby Joe DeCamillis
    10. 10. Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers blanket, thread, hand-stitchedby Joe DeCamillis
    11. 11. Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers blanket, thread, hand-stitchedby Joe DeCamillis
    12. 12. Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers blanket, thread, hand-stitchedby Joe DeCamillis
    13. 13. Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers blanket, thread, hand-stitchedby Joe DeCamillis
    14. 14. Detail viewDharma Blues - The Kerouac Crazy Quilt5 ft. x 7 ft.© Joe DeCamillis 2011Hardback book covers, blue jeans,movers blanket, thread, hand-stitchedby Joe DeCamillis
    15. 15. In 2010, I executed my rst typewritersculpture inspired bythe way Jack Kerouac wrote his original manuscript of On the Road using a typewriter and stack of tracing paper taped together toform a 120 foot scroll."On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010          Found antique typewriter,collage on canvas (vintagebook pages, road maps, lotterytickets, and other road-trippapers, digital snapshots fromroad trips)    
    16. 16. Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010
    17. 17. Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010
    18. 18. Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010
    19. 19. Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010
    20. 20. Detail -"On the Road - Part II"© Joe DeCamillis 2010

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