Joe Iurato’s Wooden People Take Over the Streets of New Jersey
There are many ways to tell a story, and Joe Iurato’s way of telling a narrative is one of the most intriguing. He doesn’t write, sculpt, or make a video—instead he creates miniature wooden characters and places them in different urban environments in his home state of New Jersey. Pretty cool, right?
The process behind his artwork is just as intriguing and is reminiscent of old-fashioned printing. Using pieces of hand cut paper and cans of spray paint, the miniature wooden people end up picking up a texture and a unique form that truly makes them striking to lay eyes on.
Playing with the landscape that surrounds them, the wooden people can often be found climbing up wall cracks, hanging on to nail ends, and sailing through the seas of large, wet puddles. If you’re looking for some artistic inspiration, Iurato’s work is sure to get your gears turning. While he might be the one setting up a story, it takes a viewer to finish it.