Joel D’Orazio “Color + Structure” March 9-April 19, 2020
Reception March 14, 5-7pm CANCELLED Due to Coronavirus concerns. I wish the gallery was open for you to see Joel’s amazing art. Here are images of the exhibition as well as Joel’s artist statement. If you would like to meet by appointment to view the work in person, please email GalleryDirector@MarthaSpak.com. We could meet outside the gallery then you could tour the exhibition solo choosing your favorite piece for your space. Let’s support Joel, his amazing career and art vision.
ARTIST STATEMENT & LETTERS OF REFERENCE
After practicing architecture for more than 25 years I have turned to a new medium. I now create art with paint on panels, mixed medium works & sculpture using found and donated objects and digital art. The images are uncommon, yet suggest the familiar forms of nature. Although the paintings are varied in color and composition, each image is part of a logical yet highly intuitive progression of work.
Each work begins as an adventure and its identity becomes as valid and important as the next, with the medium playing a most important role in the discovery of solutions. Originating in the subliminal, each work is a fresh encounter with the lush, unpredictable medium.
My artistic vocabulary is devoid of obvious symbols and messages, I do not intend to tell a story or render a recognizable form. For me, the process of creating is a meditative exercise. Though the images are generated spontaneously, recurring themes of movement and form can be found. The paintings relate only to each other, each providing clues to interpret the next. This is their power. In contrast, my three dimensional works will at times possess a sense of content or a relationship to historical themes, though only in an abstract sense.
As I paint, I am preoccupied with the fluidity of the paint and the resulting density, and also the spacial concerns that are important in the creation of an illusion. I work with the reflective quality of the medium, creating many transparent layers which suggest great depths of space. I fashion complex layerings of many small areas of color in order to dissolve any central focus or subject matter.
SAM GILLIAM artist:
“It has been interesting for me to see Joel D’Orazio work his way into painting from architecture. He is working the magic of color into glass. His real success is just a matter of time – Joel is on the right track The dynamism of his architecture makes sense in the glass behind his paintings. Joel has a twin brother who lives in New York, an artist, who is his alter ego. His progress now depends on intensity and concentration….I think this city will be richly rewarded by encouraging such fine talent.”
The sculptures display his fascination with urban structures. The tabletop ‘cityscapes’ show multiple approaches to scale, relationships and metaphor. These sculptural tableaux are filled with amusing, mutant or lyrical narratives. Another interesting area of Joel’s sculptural pursuit is spheres of varying size that he fabricates by combining everyday materials. These spheres look like retro satellites full of menacing wit. Joel is serious.