Joe Lugara

Historically, watercolor is considered a drawing medium. However, I make no distinction between working in watercolor and painting in oil or acrylic; my gestural approach to each is the same. Watercolor is no less effective than oil when it comes to making important statements. (For information on Bacon Strips, see text beneath slideshow).

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Bacon Strips
Filmmaking is the most horizontal of all arts and I suppose for that reason I subconsciously connected horizontality to narrative, to the movies’ capacity for telling stories. But as a painter I was never much interested in telling tales. These little watercolor works I call Bacon Strips (included as part of this watercolor slideshow), with their immoderately vertical formats, are the antithesis of the cinema screen—tipped-up, wholly abstract and deprived of their narrative capabilities as a result of having been turned upright. But despite their abstract qualities, they should pose this question: Can a visual experience ever be successfully divorced from narrative, from the continuum of events, actions and thoughts that constantly absorb us?