• Syd Torchio: Words About Joe Tiberino

    Portrait of Joe Tiberino by Syd Torchio

    Portrait of Joe Tiberino by Syd Torchio

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    Posted on May 7, 2013 by Syd Torchio

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    ……….I have found that in whatever environment a person chooses to live, that environment eventually seeps into ones artwork. This seepage, whether one colludes in unconscious harmony with or in a conscious state of reaction, marks the artist and their work. That is why I think that the place one chooses to live is of up most importance. So when I moved to the Tiberino Museum, I felt I had hit the artist lottery.

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    Joe Tiberino has created an environment in West Philadelphia, that doesn’t play by the same taboos as the immediate world surrounding his island of art. Since I already get an unhealthy dose of Political Correctness and Verklempt hypocritical values, most of the day, it is refreshing to enter back into his world. Of course his world on it’s own is troubling, however it is a healthy balance to the outside world.

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    Joe Tiberino’s art doesn’t disguise it’s sexual lust. It doesn’t pretend that it wants to find a world that is at peace and harmony, he really does. It isn’t afraid to point a finger at the power corrupt. With all these agenda’s, his art doesn’t become didactic, mainly because he is aware that art has to get people into the big tent, or there will never be a show. Not that his work doesn’t have a certain fuck you, to it. Although that little grain of fuck-you is also a part of all the bright lights and cotton candy, that draws people in. Joe Tiberino is one of the great voices of his generation of artist. He has a keen mind, a saturnalia disposition and a hard working ethos.

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    Portrait of Ellen Tiberino by Syd Torchio

    Portrait of Ellen Tiberino by Syd Torchio

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    In summary, as an artist, who lives at the Tiberino Musem, that the seepage of influence has been very beneficial to my growth as an artist. Salute a Cent’anno, to you Joe.

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    1 responses to “Syd Torchio: Words About Joe Tiberino”


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      Kathleen Vissar: Hey Syd Torchio, Great reflection in words and paint! You and Tiberino are a perfect fit!