Joe LoVasco '07: From (Up) Here
November 19 – December 19, 2014
Reception: Thursday, November 20, 6-8pm
Joe LoVasco, Time Spent, 2014, Mixed media collage
From (Up) Here features Joseph LoVasco ‘07. The exhibition will feature sculpture alongside a new body of mixed media collage. LoVasco uses both mediums to explore the departure from detailed depictions of architecture and cityscapes to simplistic, minimal geometries. LoVasco’s scored, drawn and painted marks highlight the tension between man-made precision and the malleable curves found in nature.
LoVasco’s collages are minimal expansions of landscapes inspired from daily observation of place. From this, LoVasco creates unique faux scapes that remove all ornamentation and detail of a structure or landscape. In its place, he uncomplicates the form and reduces it to a plane of minimal geometry. Compositionally, many of LoVasco’s collages draw immediate connection to how we might view a landscape if viewing from above. Although the visual relationship to aerial views are not something the artist intentionally creates, it is an aesthetic connection that plays into his use of minimal shape and joined angles. Minute details viewed by close proximation are swallowed by the silent simplicity of detachment. That’s what LoVasco’s work evokes; a still, total clarity achievable only from remote observation.
“Time Spent” (2014), a red modular collage engulfed by a flat sky blue compounds both rigid and organic form. White horizontal lines, like a ruled sheet of notebook paper, divide the upper half of the red shape. Faint impressions from the colored pencil carve subtle depths in an otherwise two-dimensional surface. At the bottom, LoVasco overlays a found scrap of paper (probably an invoice) and a postcard snippet, revealing anonymous handwriting.
LoVasco’s wood and cast sculptures effectively pair with his collages in that his manipulation of paper is applied in the round, allowing the viewer to see the totality of form. His sculpture undresses urban architecture and alike the collages allow a natural blend between the man-made and natural.
“Building Study #2” is a minimal skyscraper duo made from a single block of wood. Alike the composition of “Time Spent”, the upper left corner is severely cut into, revealing both a harsh obtuse angle and the natural grain of the wood. LoVasco offsets the natural grain with red painted bands influenced by patterns found in urban landscape. While the paint is transparent enough to still see the wood grain, LoVasco reminds us of his subtle gesture.
Joe LoVasco is an artist living and working in the Boston area. He received his BA in Graphic Design and Sculpture from Montserrat College of Art in 2007. LoVasco currently works as a front end developer for the Boston Globe and is also the Art Director for Steez Magazine, Beverly, MA . In 2013, LoVasco earned a certificate in Web Development from Boston College Center for Digital Imaging in Waltham, MA. LoVasco has exhibited at Hall Space in Dorchester, MA and Mingo Gallery in Beverly, MA.