Each painting of the Scope series assumes a state of transient figuration and expansive space: a contemporary bodily and worldly image making. The work of this series present the visceral tissue of muscle, bone, and cartilage as a wide-ranging expanse, suggesting an unseen interiority and an immense scope of worldly matter.
范围7，玉坡纸酒精墨水单版画，228 x 152cm，2019
Scope 7, alcohol ink with monotype on Yupo paper, 228 x 152cm, 2019
This film uses synchronized audio and video to bridge contexts of exercise, viscerality, the body as specimen, and repetition. Audio recordings of breaths performed during exercise paired with reverberating video of my painting practice capture an unfamiliar visualization of live flesh.
Joseph Santarpia visualizes the body as medical specimen and machine by engaging the creative capacities of material. In doing so, his work captures a stark contrast of darkness and luminosity, creating a sense of visceral interiority, expansive space, machinic processes, and the medical aesthetics of sterility and anatomy. The rigidity of machines and medical aesthetics alike combine in Santarpia’s practice to create imagined interiors, exteriors, and indexes of bodily experience. His multimedia studio practice includes painting, cyanotype, collage, video, and installation. Santarpia received his MFA from Stony Brook University in 2020. His work has been exhibited internationally in galleries and festivals including: PH21 Gallery, Budapest, Hungary; The Room Projects, Paris, France; The Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition, Brooklyn, NY; Small Green Door, East Los Angeles, CA; FIG Bilbao, Bilbao, Spain; and more. He is the recipient of awards including The Goldberger Fellowship and the Dorothy L. Memorial Purchase Prize.