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Joe Sinness Untitled (pose 2), 2017 Colored pencil on paper Courtesy the artist ©Joe Sinness

Joe Sinness: the Flowers

July 20, 2017 - October 29, 2017
U.S. Bank Gallery (G257)
Free Exhibition

Sexual desire and cinematic performance are filtered through the genres of still-life and portraiture in Joe Sinness’s body of work. For his MAEP exhibition, Sinness captures the beauty of communities traditionally viewed as aberrant.

Juxtaposing portraits, still-lifes, theatrical sculptures, and cinematic panoramas, Sinness’s works display the performance of sexual desire. Drawing inspiration from vintage physique magazines, and iconic films like Cruising, starring Al Pacino, Sinness visualizes desire and pursues a vision of utopic queer spaces and characters—portraying his subjects as tender and worthy of desire.

Sinness received his BA from St. John’s University and an MFA from Minneapolis College of Art and Design. He was part of a group MAEP exhibition in 2010. The artist is a recipient of the 2013 Artist Initiative Grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, 2013/14 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Visual Artists, and 2015 Fire Island Artist Residency.

This exhibition is part of the Minnesota Artists Exhibition Program, now located in U.S. Bank Gallery.

Generous support for MAEP provided by:


Additional support provided by RBC Wealth Management.

Opening reception: Thursday, July 20, 6 to 9PM
Artist talk: Thursday, September 21, 7PM

Joe Sinness Untitled (pose 2), 2017 Colored pencil on paper Courtesy the artist ©Joe Sinness