Artists at Work regularly hosts exhibitions that showcase student art, either connected to a class assignment or an individual project. It provides students an opportunity to learn more about the exhibition process from curating, hanging and lighting to pricing and reception planning.


Jesus, Take the Wheel: A Photo Exhibition of the Inscrutable United States through the eyes of Not-an-American. October 7–November 4, 2016

Jesus, Take the Wheel explores the narrative of Probably Joel’s experience on his recent road trip. He was the photographer for an upcoming documentary production, Trent Turns 40 and Buys a Van, about the loss of faith in religion. As a foreigner and a non-believer, Joel was suddenly exposed to a vast land of mystery, from the muslims of California, mormons of Utah, to alien believers of Nevada and “America’s Next Top Model is proof that god exists” of Wyoming.

In the midst of conflicts between religious beliefs, cultural differences, and prejudice towards other countries, the exhibition aims to document the cultural and geographic diversity within the United States in hopes of finding harmony through people of all walks. In addition, Joel hopes the audience walks away with mild discontent, thus embarking on their own journey across the country.

The show is on view October 7 through November 4, 2016 in the Artists at Work space at Maine College of Art (522 Congress Street, Portland, Maine).

Please view our in-depth interview about Joel’s experience here.

Biography

Joel Tsui, also known as Probably Joel, is a multi-disciplinary artist specialising in new media and photography. Born and raised in Hong Kong, Joel fostered his passion in technology and art. Being immersed in an intercultural city influenced him to travel and meet new people, leading him to pursue his higher education in Portland, Maine. Joel’s work has been shown internationally, including Hong Kong, Malaysia and the United States. His work explores a wide variety of narrative methods, from photography and filmmaking to sound and installation art, with the objective of creating a unique experience for the artist, the collaborator and the audience.

Questions regarding the exhibition go to Joel Tsui via this.is.probably@gmail.com or 207.274.3457.

Download the flier for the event here.