Boone County Courthouse Central Dairy The Varsity Building (The Blue Note)
Mixed media collage and tar
Columbia City Hall interior, fifth floor, main elevator lobby
Joel Sager’s paintings, commissioned for the fifth floor of City Hall, celebrate the architecture of three prominent Columbia buildings whose depictions represent a unique facet of the city’s history and vitality.
The quintessentially art deco Central Dairy building, named for the well-known establishment it formerly housed, signifies commerce. Meanwhile, the Boone County Courthouse, with its grandiose presence and doric columns, is a prime example of classical architecture and represents the judicial within Columbia’s thematic narrative. Finally, the Varsity Building embodies culture, having been the home of the beloved music venue and cultural juggernaut, the Blue Note, for more than three decades.
Joel Sager is an American painter and native Missourian. He works in mixed media including oil pigment, wax, roofing tar and collage. His works often encompass traditional and representational subjects, with influences ranging from mannerism to folk art. For these paintings, a highly textural process involving the collage of hand-cut paper, impasto (thickly applied paint) and roofing tar was employed to hearken the physicality of the city’s architecture itself.
View the video about the creation of Sager’s artwork below.