Roy LaGrone

Artist Statement


The following works on paper are from my Beta Projection Series, a suite of chromogenic prints that all derive from what most citizens would refer to as junk. These works are photomontage (involving intricate illusions of three-dimensional space), which derive from these found objects. Utilizing the advances in digital imaging processes, I attempt to prescribe visual narratives for these now-discarded artifacts.

Working together at the intersection of photography, sculpture and painting these large-scale, computer-generated transpositions are fetishes; which explore the idea of transforming socially discarded beings, places, and objects into sacred projections. They act as metaphors that examine a paradox of our hybridity as humans. For example, I am culturally a southern African American male, yet my DNA is made up of several age-old, warring interests that descend from all the corners of the earth. The work in some ways highlights notions of 21st Century displacement - identity (finding self within affinity); and fuels my personal longing for a transformative model of diversity (ethnic, social, historical), which transcends associative limitations (boundaries, boxes, labels, etc?).

My goal for this work is to create agents for healing and empowerment. I am questioning whether today's technology can be optimized in the production of holistic practices of transcendence. These uncertain times require all of humanity (equipped with our humility, as well as our respective heritage and histories) to peacefully and simply embrace the beauty of the impossible.

Roy LaGrone Bio

Roy LaGrone is an American media artist based in Pordenone, Italy, working with photomontage, video projection and animation. He completed a B.F.A. from the Atlanta College of Art (1989) and an M.F.A. in Computer Art from the Savannah College of Art and Design (2000). LaGrone's work has been shown at numerous venues including the Smithsonian Institution; SIGGRAPH; the Contemporary Arts Center, New Orleans; and the Lyndon Baines Johnson Presidential Library and Museum, Austin.