Joey De Jesus: HOAX
In HOAX, Joey De Jesus explores intersections of poetry, technology, mysticism, and performance as a means of connecting the spiritual to the scientific, the individual to the cosmos. The exhibition title, as De Jesus notes, suggests the suspension of rational thought required to believe the world anew, despite the willful oppression that surrounds us. An artist’s book, NOCT: The Threshold of Madness, is the exhibition's centerpiece. De Jesus's erasures and drawings over selected texts on the pages of a popular “how to” book of black magic act to repress sentiments predicated on anti-Otherness, or moments in which the black or queer were likened with evil. This project also includes suede leather scrolls encoded with laser-etched celestial maps/poems, and hand-drawn paper scrolls used in performance.
NOCT — The Threshold of Madness, 2015
Ink on found object
12 x 9 in.