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Under One Roof
2012 - present

Under One Roof is a collaboration of photographs by Joseph Labate and drawings by Laura LaFave. Married and living together, in addition to making our own individual works, we work together on collaborative pieces. As we make our own individual works, we are continuously sharing and critiquing them with each other. This leads us to the ideas for collaboration.

Our collaborative work begins with Joseph’s photographs intended for the collaborative pieces. Together we select some of these photographs and Joseph prints them, each on a separate section sheet of cotton rag paper. Laura then applies gesso to the blank section of the paper and draws with graphite.

Joseph Labate, Photographs
I make photographs both by wandering out in the world and by setting things up to be photographed in my studio. I work with a broadly shaped umbrella of ideas but in the act of the picture-making itself, there is little or no thinking. I rely on the role of my subconscious. Inside there, there is a mix. Of clarity and confusion. Insight and neurosis. Joy and sadness. Happiness and despair. More questions than answers, the photographs offer a glimpse into my life, both directly through their subject matter and metaphorically through their style. For the collaborative work with Laura, I make photographs that I think Laura will be allured by.

Laura LaFave, Drawings
I begin my part of the collaborative work with reflection and contemplation. Thoughts, sensibilities, emotions and sentiments evolve. I succumb to these, though only momentarily. I look beyond and outside the photograph. My awareness is heightened. I assimilate and integrate these sentiments. I pause, strive to bypass the thinking, evaluative mind. There is no judgment. It is the essence of the photograph now that is within me. It also envelops me. I begin drawing on the foundation of the assimilation, not on the visual appearance of the photograph. Dichotomies are abundant; transient and immutable, still and chaotic, melancholic yet heartening. My work embraces humility, humanity, compassion and all they encompass. It is often what we are least aware of that seems most obvious to others.

Beckoning Silence
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2020
Playa #15
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x11"
2015
Playa #01
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2015
Blaze
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2020
JLLL #2
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
JLLL #3
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
Inversion
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2017
JLLL #5
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
Shadow
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2018
satellite
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2015
Fissure
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2016
JLLL #9
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
JLLL #0855
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
JLLL #0857
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
JLLL #0858
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
JLLL #0859
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5
2012
Habitat
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2016
Asylum
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2016
JLLL #0862
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
Transfixed
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2020
JLLL #0864
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
JLLL #0865
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
JLLL #0866
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012
Tempest
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2019
Impend
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2019
Disquiet
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2011
JLLL #6288560
Pigment Ink, Gesso, Graphite on Cotton Rag Paper
8.5" x 11"
2012