Found in Los Angeles Art Project Expands

Fine Artist Ron Barbagallo has launched a website (foundin.la) for his Found in Los Angeles art project, which was on display at the ArcLight Hollywood earlier this summer.

Barbagallo’s art pulls the streets of LA into the theater by way of taking details found outside the ArcLight itself, and extends that visual journey to the sidewalks of Los Feliz, around urban downtown, to the concrete byways of West Hollywood and Venice, and into the swimming pools of the Hollywood Hills. Using these facets, Barbagallo creates “emotional landscapes” that evoke the diverse spiral that is LA.

“For the 221 days before my birth, I used to share a womb (as I jokingly liked to say) with my twin sister Lori,” Barbagallo explains. “She and I would go on to spend the next 28 years, 153 days of our lives together playing, rebating the ins-and-outs of our shared interests, counseling each other on nearly every life decision, and most importantly to me — Lori and I would make Fine Art.

“Throughout 1970s, and almost to the end of the ’80s, I made Art with my twin sister Lori, who passed in 1988. At the time of her passing, I specialized in realistic Fine Art paintings while Lori explored Fine Art photography through the area of Abstract Expressionist Found Object. I consulted heavily on all her imagery which focused on finding “art” in the streets of Bayonne, New Jersey and New York City.

“However, that collaboration came to an abrupt end when she died, and within years of her passing, and I would go on to change careers, change most of my habits and attempt to do anything — but any of the things — we used to do together.

“But life has a funny way of coming full circle, and while the idea of making Fine Art without her muse was an unbearable idea for a long time, the creation of digital devices that did not remind me of her were just different enough to get me to try. The only kicker is my return to Fine Art is not as a photo-realistic painter. My return came by way of our two artistic halves becoming one and my picking up where our artistic dialog left off — by using a camera to make “emotional landscapes” from abstract elements found on the streets where I live.”

Posted on by Bill Desowitz in Events, Tech

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