Exhibit preview: Joseph Lupo and Nick Fagan's artist talk at ROY G BIV is among weekend's art highlights

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

To conclude this month’s two-artist showcase, ROY G BIV Gallery will host an artist discussion Saturday afternoon with both Joseph Lupo and Nick Fagan. The gallery regularly closes exhibitions with artist’s talks, which are always stimulating discussions. Saturday’s version will be no exception.

Lupo’s work is focused on the comic book, and his latest series, “Comic Configurations,” removes the images and text from “The Invincible Iron Man” (issue 178, published in 1982) — an issue in which the superhero never directly appears — to deconstruct the design and narrative of the format. By applying a minimalist aesthetic to the paneled pages, Lupo asks the viewer to contemplate the medium and how we read these texts.

Fagan’s multi-media paintings — using traditional materials, like paint, found images and marker, with a variety of unconventional ones, like dry wall, spackle and spray-tan solution — offer visual complexity. By combining a graphic conundrum of established and autobiographical emblems, Fagan creates fractured, uninhibited narratives that are familiar in representation, but convey a perplexing composition.

ROY G BIV Gallery

2:30 p.m. Saturday, March 28

997 N. High St., Short North