Joe Lugara


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?