a literary journal published by the Black Earth Institute dedicated to re-forging the links between art and spirit, earth and society
Painting for Joseph Laurro is visceral. Images develop through contemplations on our environment, water, the plight of humanity– they become meditations on movement and migrations. Re-contextualized images turn to folklore, the sacred, science, and everyday curiosities. Sometimes for Laurro, they feel like a counterweight to despair, and that he is acting as a conduit. Joseph’s need to feel connected to dance and his body appeals to the performative qualities that painting has for him.
Chosen for the competitive Curate-NYC, Joseph’s work was featured by Rachael Thomas, the Senior Curator of the Museum of Modern Art (Dublin). His works also featured by Chief Curator, Rebecca Wilson in Saatchi Art collections, and Brooklyn Independent Media (BRIC) interviewed Joseph as part of their “On Air” documentary series of local artists. His work is in several private and international collections, and has exhibited locally and nationally, including; The Mercer Gallery, Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art, Collette Blanchard Gallery, Metro Pictures, Greenpoint Gallery and Local Projects. Mr. Laurro enjoys working as an artist and educator in NYC public schools. He resides in Brooklyn, NY.