AJ Bocchino collaborated with Artistic Director, Paul Wong on large and small-scale, intricately watermarked sheets of pigmented abaca and cotton, to colonize the logos of major corporations. Through categorization of color and scale, Bocchino relates the top fifty most profitable corporations, as cited in the Forbes 2000 list to that of the time consuming, handmade, delicate yet accessible material of paper in which it is made. Collecting corporate logos from the Internet and using them to generate his work, AJ analyzes mass media through this intricate process of record keeping. Pristinely watermarked, Bocchino’s brightly pigmented sheets depict a competitive systemization that is also color-coded by country.
I’ve been able to expand my artistic vocabulary significantly as a result of the Workspace Program. Since I primarily use digital printing processes in the creation of my work, using handmade papermaking techniques provided an excellent counterpoint.
—AJ Bocchino, 2006
AJ obtained his BFA from Tulane University in New Orleans in 1996 and his MFA from the Tyler School of Art at Temple University in Philadelphia in 2000.