The Architect's House Painting by Joe LaPlaca

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The Architect's House

Joe LaPlaca

United Kingdom


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Art Description

Painting: Oil on .

The Architect's House, 2009

The corpse in The Architect's House was inspired in part by William Mulholland, after whom the famous Drive is named. He was a civil engineer in the 1920s and built the St Francis Dam that collapsed in 1928, killing hundreds of Californians. The notion of an architect or engineer having an ultimately tragic relation to the layout or infrastructure of a city resonated with me.
This painting belongs to a series of seven images showing the narrative and production of a fictional film of my imagining, which centres on an unseen catastrophe that occurs within Los Angeles. The subject of The Architect's House is a moment of failure in the enactment of that narrative: the corpse is corpsing in the theatrical sense of the word and the accompanying laughter of his fellow performers adds to the disruption. I enjoy the Brechtian notion that within a theatrical context the only reality lies in the performing of the text and not in its subject. Having said that I don't want the images to be too knowing or ironic. I think a fiction is more revealing if you're able to buy into it first. I hope that the viewer is able to establish a genuine relationship with the figures depicted which then becomes disturbed by revealing the underlying construction, like a ventriloquial movement of the lips.