ME and MY TWIN SISTER LORI

 

Rusted Steel Against May's Blue Sky
Outside in our parent's backyard
Bayonne, New Jersey
35mm chrome positive
Fall 1979
Image © Ron Barbagallo 1979

The Hudson Valley River School
Outside Cinema Secrets Beauty Supply
Toluca Lake, California
Created with a digital camera
February 18, 2013
Image © Ron Barbagallo 2013

A DIALOG THAT STARTED IN THE WOMB
For the 221 days before my birth, I used to share a womb (as I jokingly liked to say) with my twin sister Lori. She and I would go on to spend the next 28 years, 153 days of our lives together playing, debating the ins-and-outs of our shared interests, counseling each other on nearly every life decision, and most importantly to me - Lori and I would make Fine Art.

Throughout the 1970s, and almost to the end of the 80s, I made Art with my twin sister Lori, who passed in 1988. At the time of her passing, I specialized in realistic Fine Art paintings while Lori explored Fine Art photography through the area of Abstract Expressionist Found Object. I consulted heavily on all her imagery which focused on finding “art” in the streets of Bayonne, New Jersey and New York City.

However that collaboration came to an abrupt end when she died, and within years of her passing, and I would go on to change careers, change most of my habits and attempt to do anything - but any of the things - we used to do together.

But life has a funny way of coming full circle, and while the idea of making Fine Art without her muse was an unbearable idea for a long time, the creation of digital devices that did not remind me of her were just different enough to get me to try. The only kicker is my return to Fine Art is not as a photo-realistic oil painter. My return came by way of our two artistic halves becoming one and my picking up where our artistic dialog left off - using a camera to create "emotional landscapes" from abstract elements found within the streets where I live.

In 2012, Ron Barbagallo decided to continue that dialog and founded the FOUND in LOS ANGELES project, where he extends their search to the sidewalks of Los Feliz, around the redefining elements of Downtown LA, to the boardwalk of Venice, the concrete of West Hollywood and right into the swimming pools of the Hollywood Hills. Using these facets of the city, Barbagallo creates "emotional-landscapes" that evoke the diverse spiral that is LA.