Betteravia Gallery features a newly remodeled lobby area for artwork in addition to several feet of running wall space for exhibitions.
Joe Girandola, Duct Tape Dreams, is a new exhibition taking place from February 9 through July 17, 2017 in Santa Maria at the Joseph Centavo Betteravia Government Building. The exhibition is curated by Maiza Hixson, Chief Curator of the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, and presented in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
An exhibition will be held in the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Administration Building at 511 E. Lakeside Pkwy., Santa Maria, Calif., from 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday, February 9. Admission to both the exhibition and reception are FREE and open to the public.
“Joe Girandola visualizes the world’s greatest architectural wonders out of duct tape,” said Office of Arts and Culture Chief Curator Maiza Hixson. “Employing a quick fix material to depict ancient artifacts, Girandola creates a wry commentary on past and present empires.”
While duct tape was originally used to seal ammunition cases during World War II, Girandola first discovered it as a creative medium after using it to protect his hands while training as a stone carver in Florence and Pietrasanta, Italy. Retaining a tie to his Italian heritage and traditional fine art practice, the artist continues to interpret the act of sculpting by taping to produce chiseled-looking, monolithic forms.
“Girandola’s seemingly grandiose, yet kitsch portrayal of civilization simultaneously resonates as a hybrid fine art/folk aesthetic,” Hixson added.