Joseph (Joey) is a Japanese-American graphic designer. He is currently working at Umbrella. His work has been featured in publications such as i-D Magazine, Los Angeles Times, and Hypebeast.

Joey is a Japanese-American graphic designer based in Los Angeles. He is currently working at Umbrella.

The Getty: Art Break



Art Break is a lecture series that takes a closer look at visual culture, hosted by Getty experts in dialogue with guest artists, writers, and thinkers.

Covering 5,000 years of artworks in the Getty's collection, from Bronze Age figures to 21st-century photographs, this program encourages thoughtful exchange and discovery about artistic practices, social issues, and more.

Creative Direction: Devin Dailey, Jonathan Torres
Graphic Design: Joseph Abe

The daily routine of most adults is so heavy and artificial that we are closed off to much of the world. We have to do this in order to get our work done. I think one purpose of art is to get us out of those routines. When we hear music or poetry or stories, the world opens up again. We’re drawn in — or out — and the windows of our perception are cleansed, as William Blake said. The same thing can happen when we’re around young children or adults who have unlearned those habits of shutting the world out.