Joey Piziali describes Suspended Possibilities as “a geodesic sphere suspended by prismatic light.” The central crystalline form resembles the geodesic domes of Buckminster Fuller, an American architect who was a source of inspiration for the artist. Piziali designed the piece to exist in conversation with the two pre-existing murals by David Huffman and Chris Johanson, responding to their shared theme of the sun’s energy and the purity and spiritualism of Huffman’s spacemen. The imagery was inspired by moonbows (rare rainbows from moonlight) and the divine connection rainbows create between humans and the heavens in many cultures’ mythologies. The resulting abstraction provides an energetic, hopeful vision with its crisp, bold lines and shining silver acrylic paint reflecting sunlight into the alleyway.
Joey Piziali has been actively involved in the Bay Area arts community for over 15 years as an artist, educator, curator, and gallerist. He grew up in Palo Alto, where in 2003 he had a solo exhibition, “Tangible Vision,” at the Smith Andersen gallery. In a review, the Weekly described the then 28-year-old artist as a “promising rookie.” In 2005 he received an MFA with an emphasis on painting from the San Francisco Art Institute, where he later taught in the Continuing Education program. He has been a painting instructor at Sarah Lawrence College, New York, San Francisco Art Institute, and City College of San Francisco. Piziali is now the Co-Founder and Director of Romer Young Gallery in San Francisco. His work has been exhibited in solo and group shows throughout New York, California and Asia, and he has work in public and private collections including the de Saisset Museum, the City collections of Palo Alto and San Jose as well as Twitter’s San Francisco HQ.
“I am as inspired by architecture, the concept, the formation or construction of form, as I am by vast expanses of space and light. My work strives to find the point where shape, color, and composition converge and become synchronous.” Joey Piziali