Joseph Malfettone’s newest collection, The Transfiguration Series, questions the boundaries of the human experience. His sculptures and paintings suggest that there is more to this shared human condition than we may initially perceive. The Transfiguration Series sources figures and imagery from neo-classical, Renaissance, and Roman Eras, and renews them with contemporary methods such as 3D printing, layers of NASA multi-wavelength imagery, and the use of other synthetic materials. In this manner, traditional source material is rejuvenated, reinterpreted, and remade in the context of modern-day technology and ways of thinking.
The ability to (literally) work on top of history is of great interest to Malfettone. He is fascinated by the way the human experience has transformed since the days of the Roman Era, and is just as captivated by the ways this condition remains the same today. But how can one take on this enormous task of evaluating the human condition across centuries, and across the globe? Malfettone suggests a simple answer: step back. By stepping back, we loosen our grip on those boundaries that define us, and can begin to see that all people share a common human condition. In Malfettone’s paintings, orbs of color and amorphous forms are imposed upon a traditional, Renaissance painting. These orbs are inspired by the thought of stepping back - to the extent of seeing the world from space obscures all borders that separate counties, cities, states and countries.
There are countless ways to evaluate the rich symbolism within the series. The image of a collective human experience is represented in a carefully crafted system of metaphors that are placed seamlessly throughout Malfettone’s Transfiguration Series. Art history, science, philosophy and the fine arts are merged in a curious and aesthetic manner that questions the enigmatic spectrum of the human condition.
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