Throughout their transformation, from designing T-shirts to placing sculptures in the Church of St. Matthew, Blue and Joy have maintained their crucial ironic detachment and a sensitivity to capitalism’s bombastic visual language. Their forms and materials—pills, cartoon bubbles, foil, Post-it notes—are still informed by their roots in the advertising industry—which is both catalyst and casualty in their artistic pursuits. Fabio La Fauci and Daniele Sigalot, both born in Italy, originally created their characters to counteract the sunshiney, saccharine messages they were forced to create for their day jobs in the industry. Blue and Joy, named for their singular moods, were characters who enjoyed no happy endings. Over time, La Fauci and Sigalot built on the themes they had explored with their comics, taking that salty view of communications to large-scale installation.