Joseph Nechvatal
It’s Not Funny

Graphite on paper

11 × 14 in (27.94 × 35.56 cm)

“Joseph Nechvatal makes drawings out of a surfeit of
culturally circulating images and echoes, the very
substratum that this reproducible age has left behind. The
saturation of imagery provokes a perceptual deciphering
and re-finding of the vast pictographic vocabularies
sedimented in his graphic burial ground.”
-Edit DeAk (1984) from The Dark Palimpsest of Joseph
Nechvatal section in her essay The Critic Sees through the
Cabbage Patch which appeared in Artforum April 1984