Spano Receives Hartell Award
Luca Spano (M.F.A. '16) has been selected as the 2015 recipient of the John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture in recognition of excellence in studio practice.
Spano's work focuses on photographic thinking and its implications with the concept of colonialism and the idea of truth. "My research explores our mediated experience of the world in relation with the process of representation," says Spano. "I'm interested in the gray playing field between the map and the territory, as a space to explore how we codify our experience of the world and at the same time, how our idea of something is codified by it. My work investigates this loop, questioning the photographic medium itself and the concept of information."
Spano, who is from Cagliari, Italy, works in lens-based media and installation. His most recent exhibition, A Ploughman and Some Stones, was on display in Tjaden Experimental gallery from November 9 to 13, and was funded by a 2015–16 Cornell Council for the Arts grant and the Mario Einaudi Center.
Members of Hartell's family, friends, and former students established the John Hartell Graduate Award for Art and Architecture in his memory after his death in 1995 at the age of 93. Hartell joined the architecture faculty in 1930 and the art faculty in 1940, serving as chair of the art department from 1940 until 1959. A monetary prize is awarded as part of the recognition.
By Rebecca Bowes