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Photography based digital art by Joe Statuto
March 5 - March 31, 2010
Opening Reception March 5, 6:00PM- 8:30PM

The on going series “Perhaps In A Dream” is a study in metaphor and symbolism. Inspired in part by the surreal writings of Jorge Luis Borges this body of work utilizes the plasticity of digital photography to create dreamlike, illusory scenes where common objects seem to take on a profound meaning.

I seek out locations for the initial compositions in museums, for example, where the art and the surrounding space is dramatically lit. Digitally added to these “backdrops” various objects complete the composite composition. Color, shadow, texture, and other visual enhancements further accent the ambience and psychological effect.

~Joe Statuto

Born and raised in Scranton, PA, Joe Statuto has spent his entire life in pursuit of art and art history. After studying drafting and design, Joe spent 4 years serving his country in the United States Air Force stationed in Germany. Exposed to the European art sensibility he became even more passionate about art and the process of making art. Upon discharge from military service, Joe attended Penn State University and graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Art, concentration in painting. Some years later, he discovered digital photography and never looked back.

Over the past several years, he has worked as a photo correspondent for local, national, and international newspapers, most notably the Wall Street Journal, Times Leader, and Frankfurt Daily. He also freelances as a product photographer for several websites and serves as the president of the Northeast Photography Club.

Joe is quick to state that his true passion is creating his personal art. “Many painters and photographers have influenced my personal work which is photography-based digital fine art. Traveling the world is another passion and I am very fortunate to have been able to do this over the past 25 years. Of course travel photography is also at the top of my list.”