The Shopkeeper</i>, installation view from <i>Full-blown Bubble

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JOE LACINA
The Shopkeeper, installation view from Full-blown Bubble, paint, wood, fake flowers, copper, computer, t-shirt, paper, clamps, 60" x 24" x 80", 2015

About the artist:

Joe is an artist, curator, and designer from Grinnell, Iowa.  He received his BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2008.  During college Joe founded Grin City Collective, a project space and artist residency on a working farm that fosters interdisciplinary collaboration among artists and makers of all sorts and engages in public programming for diverse audiences.  After college he founded Extra Extra (2009-2012), an art gallery and performance space located in Philadelphia.  Joe has exhibited work at LVL3 Gallery in Chicago, Ditch Projects in Springfield, Oregon, and at the ICA in Philadelphia.  Currently, Joe is pursuing an MFA degree in Sculpture at the University of Iowa.

About the artist's work:

Joe is involved in many modes of art making: curating, collaborative works, social engagement projects, and solo works of sculpture.  He sees these modes as one connected art practice and relevant to each type of work.  He is continually striving to build these various working methods into an interwoven, total art expression that includes interactive sculpture, installation, performance, sound, and video.

His work explores several tropes involving the effects of technology and environmental conditions on contemporary consciousness.  The work is closely linked with ideas about hierarchy and examination of contemporary issues.  Concepts explored can include alienation through social media (life reduced and sold as spectacle), forced obsolescence through exponential technological advancement, and formation of identity through personal corporate branding.  Joe's sculptures are composed of materials collected from everyday objects, online sources, and hardware stores.  The work develops a viewer's awareness of concepts, using wordplay and varied juxtapositions of objects.  This creates a conversation and a physical diagramming of current events, physical incongruities, and a questioning of the present.

Joe Lacina's website

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on May 11, 2015

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