West Virginia Wesleyan College’s Sleeth Gallery will feature Joseph Lupo’s exhibition “Deconstructions and Reorganizations” from September 28 to October 27. The opening reception will be held from 4:30- 6:00 pm this evening with an artist talk immediately afterward.
“In 2005, I began to deconstruct the comic book The Invincible Iron Man, volume 01, issue 178, published in 1982,” said Lupo. “This latest series of prints evolved out of a previous project alphabetizing the entire comic. This new work alphabetizes certain word balloons from this comic in order to make absurdist statements that reference William Burroughs and the “cut-up technique” as well as DADAIST poetry.”
Lupo earned his BFA from Bradley University and his MFA from the University of Georgia. His work has been a part of over 80 different solo and group exhibitions and has been featured at the International Print Center of New York, The Contemporary Art Workshop in Chicago, the Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, the Indianapolis Art Center, and The Contemporary Art Center in Atlanta. His work is included in various permanent collections including the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Duke University, the Denver Art Museum, the Museum of Texas Tech University, and the Spencer Museum of Art. Lupo served on the Executive Board of SGC International from 2006-2012 and served as the president from 2008-2010. He has received multiple awards and grants for his work as an academic including the “Honorary Member of the Council” award from SGCI (2014), “BIG XII Faculty Fellowship” (2013), “WVU Senate Research Grant” (2008 and 2009), “Excellence in Teaching” (2015), “Excellence in Service” (2014) and “Excellence in Research” (2013) awards from the WVU College of Creative Arts.
More details about the exhibition can be found at http://sleethgallery.wvwc.edu
The event is free and open to the public. The exhibit can be viewed in Sleeth Gallery, located on the first floor of McCuskey Hall at the intersection of East Main Street and College Avenue, from Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. or by appointment. For more information about the exhibit, call 304-473-8433.