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“Art in its most primal form is about language. The academic texts that inspire me conceptually explain and defend why and how the universe operates. My artwork though is not simply a one-to-one illustration of these studies; rather the crux of it lies within the greyer notions of the physical world around us and our ability to abstractly place ourselves within it.” –Jonathan Latiano, Baltimore, MD

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Full Statement by Johnathan Latiano

“My earliest artistic experiences were among the displays and dioramas of the Philadelphia Academy of Natural Sciences. I find the complexity, balance and scope of scientific fields such as geology, evolutionary biology, physics and astronomy to be simultaneously compelling, beautiful and unsettling. I am fascinated by time and our subjective perception of the past, present and future. My explorations into these fields form the conceptual base that fuels my artistic practice.

As an installation sculptor, site‐responsiveness, architectural-integration and ephemerality are vital factors in my work, dictating the wide range of materials and techniques that I employ. Formally, my work explores concepts of labor, the presence of fragility and the temporal, as well as the viewer’s own contextual relationship to the art and the space it inhabits. I am obsessed with the traditional notion that sculptures ends at the floor and constantly strive to challenge this idea within the installations I create. I am drawn to areas that exist in‐between the boundaries of defined regions and strategically focus on the moments where my work is physically beginning and ending.

Art in its most primal form is about language. The academic texts that inspire me conceptually explain and defend why and how the universe operates. My artwork though is not simply a one-to-one illustration of these studies; rather the crux of it lies within the greyer notions of the physical world around us and our ability to abstractly place ourselves within it.”

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