From the outside, Jovanni Luna appears as if he may be on the spectrum. He has the patience and focus on carefully stroking paints and rolling thousands of layers into cylindrical pieces. However, the 26-year-old artist’s work is a result of dedication and experimentation. Here’s what the Brooklyn-transplant has to say about his art.
Katrina Guevara: Can you explain the process that led you to focus on paint skin rolls?
Jovanni Luna: The paint skin rolls came about from procrastination. While exploring the materiality of the paint skin, I constantly was trying new ideas. While working on these ideas, I would, at times, tell myself I was procrastinating by spending up to 30 minutes finding a paint skin scrap on my studio floor and carefully rolling it up and further manipulating it to add more texture.
KG: What’s the longest amount of time you’ve dedicated to a piece?
JL: I would say the longest was the large scale installation I constructed for my thesis. It was the creation of the first 10,000 rolls, and a 10x10x12 ft. room out of paint skins. It was created over the course of a year.
KG: Would you consider yourself a minimalist?
JL: I would say I consider myself more of a formalist, always focusing on the cylindrical form and arranging things by color and in a grid.
KG: If you could create work for a favorite public figure, what would the piece be and for whom?
JL: I would probably want to create or collaborate with Katharina Grosse. I would want to create something inspired by one of her many large landscape paintings.
KG: Where did you draw your last inspiration from?
JL: My current work is inspired by the Pacific Northwest, and more specifically the landscapes of Washington state. I am also drawing some inspiration for the new series of photographs by Nevin Price-Meador called “Can’t Be Lucky Every Day.”
KG: What is the last dream you recall?
JL: I think it had something to do with encountering an alien and having some random conversation. But I have also been binge watching the X-Files, so it’s most likely because of that.
KG: Are your pieces for sale?
JL: All the work that is posted on my website www.jovanniluna.com and even some pieces on my Instagram are for sale.
KG: What lesson have you learned from creating paint skin art?
JL: I have definitely learned my love for the laborious process, but most importantly, it’s allowing your curiosity take over when exploring new ideas. No matter how silly an idea may seem, it’s very important to move forward with the idea and create it because if you spend too much time thinking it over, you risk convincing yourself not to do it.