Leah Ollman wrote in the Los Angeles Times about Joe Biel’s panoramic drawing of 1,124 tiny (from a thumbnail to a postage stamp) televisions — each TV set with a meticulously rendered image on-screen. The drawing stretches 12 feet across the wall. Drawn from the artist’s collection of more than 5,000 images, the range of subjects span from a glimpse of Elvis to a Velázquez portrait — from Stalin to Dorothy’s ruby slippers. The banal and generic images are deliberately mixed with the iconic and personally significant.
“I’m not a storyteller, and there’s really not a narrative, except in as much as the world is one big set of them,” explains Beil, “This is my weird attempt at encapsulating my time. The idea is of craft being wedded to meaning. To me, they’re always together.” Check out this article: In the Studio: Joe Beil embraces the ‘Veil’