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Joe Kotas
Chicago, IL

About the Artist

Joe Kotas is a Chicago-area painter originally from Buffalo, New York. He is a self-taught artist who quit his engineering job doing nuclear pipe stress analysis to become an artist, working as a waiter to support a Bohemian lifestyle.

Kotas was a founding member of the anarchist art-movement known as Tapeworm; a group which staged "happenings" and performance art in New York City in the 1980s. The importance of risk and humor are perhaps the most important lessons gleaned from the Tapeworm art movement.

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About the Artist

Joe Kotas is a Chicago-area painter originally from Buffalo, New York. He is a self-taught artist who quit his engineering job doing nuclear pipe stress analysis to become an artist, working as a waiter to support a Bohemian lifestyle.

Kotas was a founding member of the anarchist art-movement known as Tapeworm; a group which staged "happenings" and performance art in New York City in the 1980s. The importance of risk and humor are perhaps the most important lessons gleaned from the Tapeworm art movement.

Action has always played a dominant role in the development of Joe’s artist’s oeuvre and the influence of alternative art forms and mediums can be seen in Joe’s willingness to destroy in order to create. He prefers to staple canvas directly to the floor in order to adequately distress his surfaces. Getting paint to do unusual things by throwing, scraping or generally battering the materials is what he strives for. Joe uses liquid paint in squeeze bottles, and he developed a revolutionary new paint application method known as the "Pendulum Painting" which features a swinging bottle of paint on a string.

Artist’s Work

Ciao baby
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Ciao Baby

By Joe Kotas

Borscht belt
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Borscht Belt

By Joe Kotas

Gates of delirium
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Gates of Delirium

By Joe Kotas

Green and orange stripes
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Green and Orange Stripes

By Joe Kotas

P
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"P"

By Joe Kotas

Abstract Landscapes
Shark cartilage
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Shark Cartilage

By Joe Kotas

Santa fe slug
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Santa Fe Slug

By Joe Kotas

Duffy to deerfield
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Duffy to Deerfield

By Joe Kotas

Cerulean transcience
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Cerulean Transcience

By Joe Kotas

Los alamos
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Los Alamos

By Joe Kotas

Petoskey
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Petoskey

By Joe Kotas

Ithaca
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Ithaca

By Joe Kotas

Costa boda
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Costa Boda

By Joe Kotas

We are glass
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We are Glass

By Joe Kotas

Pure Pendulum Paintings
Breadbasket
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Breadbasket

By Joe Kotas

Black hole
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Black Hole

By Joe Kotas

Tsunami 2
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Tsunami 2

By Joe Kotas

Natty Dread
Farm fleet
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Farm & Fleet

By Joe Kotas

Learning boy leaning
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Guitar Woman Boy Leaning

By Joe Kotas

Pocahontas
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Pocahontas

By Joe Kotas

Watcher of the skies
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Watcher of the Skies

By Joe Kotas

Selected Exhibitions

  • Lollapalooza!
    Chicago, 2015
  • Built Festival
    Chicago, 2011
  • Around the Coyote
    Chicago, 2010
  • Artropolis, The Artist Project
    Chicago, 2009
  • Artist's Breakfast Club
    Chicago, 2008

Education

  • SUNY @ Buffalo, BSME
    Buffalo, NY,1986