Joe Girandola, Kentucky Derby Duct Tape Work
Joe Girandola's artistic works attract attention to minute details often overlooked in the corrupt rush of modern society. Though classically trained as a stone carver in Italy, he has veered away from marble and granite to concentrate on 3D relief drawings,paintings,and found-object sculptures. Prevalent use of duct tape, fiberglass milk crates and discarded objects are used to analyze a culture that is in need of drastic repair. Girandola searches for an unwritten language in works dealing with the methods that a civilization creates to band-aid self-inflicted flaws:"Ill communication", so to speak. Duct tape bandages become a uniquely American media to create paintings representing the "quick fix" mentality prevalent in our society. Interpreting unique architectural landscapes athat are rapidly disappearing with a variety of 2 and 3 dimensional media, Girandola evaluates often-unforeseen mark making and continues to question the role of art making in an increasingly damaged society.