About the Artist
Jimmy Joe Roche originally came to national prominence in his role as co-founder of the Baltimore DIY arts collective, Wham City, from his collaborations with electronic-techno musician Dan Deacon, and as a result of posting his provocative videos on YouTube. The artist’s new video, series of drawings, and paper & wood sculptures continue his multi-faceted engagement with cultural and aesthetic motifs that find their roots in Surrealism, Op art, performance, cinema, meditation, music, and the digital realm. By infusing schizoid, raw, and chaotic qualities in his works, Jimmy Joe has created conceptual talismans of the collective American unconscious. In 2013, he participated in a two-person exhibition at the Baltimore Museum of Art which, along with 21c Museum, has acquired major examples of his work.