Joseph Lupo | Nick Fagan
March 7-28. 2015
ROY G BIV Gallery presents the work of Joseph Lupo and Nick Fagan. Lupo’s erased comics deconstruct the format. Fagan’s mixed-media paintings examine suburban culture.
Lupo removes the figures and text from comics to deconstruct their visual design and narrative. These incomplete images provide viewers with the opportunity to complete the narrative with their own preconceived notions. Lupo chose the comic “The Invincible Iron Man”, volume 01, issue 178 (published in 1982) as the basis for this body of work because the character Iron Man never appears directly in this issue.
Joseph Lupo received his BFA from Bradley University and his MFA from the University of Georgia. Joseph is currently the Printmaking Program Coordinator at West Virginia University. He has had solo/two person exhibitions at the Contemporary Art workshop in Chicago, at 1708 Gallery in Richmond, The Indianapolis Art Center, and the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Fagan examines the residue of suburban culture through combining abstract textures with narrative fragments. Fagan’s mixed-media paintings build up traditional materials, like paint, found images and marker, with a variety on unconventional materials, including, dry wall, spackle and spray tan. Fagan combines these tactile surfaces with totemic forms and autobiographical references. Together, Fagan’s work creates fractured narratives that remain fluid, evoking recognition but not comfort.
Nick Fagan received his BFA in sculpture and extended media from Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently enrolled in the MFA program at The Ohio State University. Recent exhibitions include Growing Pains at the Fine Arts Gallery, Richmond, and VCU Undergraduate Show at Anderson Gallery, Richmond.