Joseph La Piana

Joseph La Piana

Lines and text are my two favorite modes of expression.  Yes, a painting is beautiful and a photograph captures moments of life.  A sculpture is expressive and representational art is fascinating.  Dance and music are rhythms and movements of meaning but there is just something so great about delving into expressions through line and text.  Simple lines, and simple words, arranged to create a greater meaning.  Text and lines were always my best ways of working in undergrad, and I must say nothing has changed as I have moved away from those years in studio.  To give such definition and magnitude to a structure as simple as a line and one as a word is a special moment.  I see lines and texts as the fundamental pieces of our understanding of the world around us, and to stick with just these tools takes guts and courage.  To cry at the end of a novel, or to contemplate an assemblage of lines in a drawing, is to know that the creator has been able to reach out and make an impact.  This turning of lines and texts into something greater is a beautiful thing, and this is just what Joseph La Piana is able to do.

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