Joel Jaecks

When Every Little Bit of Hope Is Gone, 1984
Mixed media
9 x 4 x 2 in
SKU: DB5119d
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'When Every Little Bit Of Hope Is Gone' is a rare early example of the small-scale assemblages that American artist Joel Jaeks began producing in the 1980s. As with all of his assemblages, the artwork is constructed inside an envelope-sized paper board box – then filled with what can only be called memories, ideas and fading dreams. 'When Every Little Bit Of Hope Is Gone' is humorously filled with themes of explosive emotions and history: the exterior is painted with energetic, painterly strokes of blue and green paint. On the inside, however, the imagery is largely black and white, taking on the color schemes of old newspapers and their editorializing of events. Above, a crumpled page from a history book is bombed with glitter and pierced by fire crackers; and at the bottom, a photograph of women and children gathered around a nun, all waiving their hands as if to say goodbye. Even the piece of balled chewing gum to the side once cracked in someone's mouth, assuredly while while in the classroom and being forced to read their history books in distain. The title of the song appears to be taken from the lyrics to the Elton John song "Sad Songs (Say So Much)," released the same year as this artwork. 

9 x 4 x 2 inches
Entitled and dated by the artist on the base
Overall good and stable condition; some buildup of dust; some toning to paper board