Artist Joe Close Brings Art Show To Canton
You may not recognize Joe Close by name, but if you’ve been in downtown Canton during the past few years then you’ve likely seen his work: He built the public art installation on Court Street downtown.
After spending some time traveling the West Coast, Close has returned to Canton and is currently putting pieces together for a show, to be hosted at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery.
The aptly titled “StepWise — New Sculptures and Paintings” will feature complete new works in an exhibit that is part installation, with paintings and some glasswork interspersed throughout, according to Close. The show will comprise many of the found objects he acquired during his travels out West this past summer, where he designed and built a car for Burning Man, among other things.
“I’m doing a lot of sculptural work, installation and painting based on the stuff I discovered out there and saw and was inspired by,” Close said. “So I tried to put together a one-man show here in Canton again.”
The name and theme for the show came during a late night spent flipping through the dictionary, trying to brainstorm ideas for the show. He came upon the definition of stepwise: marked by or proceeding in steps.
“That’s kind of what I feel like,” he said. “I’m self-taught, so everything has been that way, just excruciating step after step after step. It’s kind of a taste of stuff I’ve learned over the years and the things I’ve learned out West.”
Joe Close’s “Step Wise — New Sculptures and Paintings” will be on view from April 14 to June 14 at Cyrus Custom Framing and Art Gallery, located at 2645 Cleveland Avenue in Canton. An opening reception will be held at the gallery on Saturday, April 14, from 5 to 10 p.m.