Joseph Guggino was born in the town of Seaford, New York in the summer of 1952, where he resided until the spring of 1975. His studies in the fine arts would begin at Nassau Community College in Garden City, NY.
Later he would study under the watchful eye of EJ Krisor, in Ellensburg, central Washington state, where he would make his home.
Joseph Guggino would later travel across America, where he would seek out raw subject material for the dynamic architectural-based paintings that would make a name for himself.
Guggino comments, “… Even the most ordinary
structures, cropped within the context of a certain array of
light, can yield extraordinary results.
Suddenly, I was seeing beauty in the mundane.”
Reflected light in office buildings, layered with rich, neutralized hues, and the dichotomy between ethereal clouds and hard lines in my ‘Skycorner’ series might seem ordinary, but they are all vital elements to studies of mankind’s place in a post-modern world.
The Skycorner series’ are meditations on the nature of that reality. My motifs spring from a personal motto of mine: “in life, there aren’t any big things; only small things lived more fully.
These paintings reflect the happenstance of seeing common everyday structures in a new light. From the standpoint of composition, I crop the image to express the coming together of dramatic lighting, the ethereal sky, and man-made structure, thereby making a key statement regarding man’s place in the universe. Do these structures grow up from the ground, or do they come down from the sky?
Hopefully my work will inspire viewers to see the happenstance of the structures around them with new eyes; moreover gaining a sense that in life as we know it, ‘randomness’ does not really exist.
Furthermore recognizing that wherever our place in life be, as individuals we fit into a much larger picture; an ordinary life lived more fully, more consciously, makes it truly extra-ordinary.
The structures I create don’t just sit there— stationary— they reach up and kiss the sky!
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