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joel armstrong

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Birthplace
Rhode Island

Birth year
1956

Lives in
Arkansas

Works in
Arkansas

Website

Schools
Colorado State University — School of the Arts, 2001, MFA
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 1978, BFA
Colorado State University

Tags
Assemblage/collage, wire based installation, wire drawing, rust painting mixed-media, mixed-media, installation, sculpture

Statement

Assemblage:

Moving from wire based installation, I have begun working on a much smaller scale in the form of assemblage, collage. I still use wire drawings as part of each assemblage, and the work continues to revolve around the idea of stories and the human experience. 

Installation:

As an installation artist, the entire gallery becomes my canvas. My art is an extension of real life and offers connections with memories, feelings, and expressions that the steady sound of a sprinkler can resurrect, or the bright sounds a happy bird can bring to mind. I tell stories that reflect our human experience.

In graduate school, I questioned the idea of what a drawing is, or can be. Instead of traditional materials, I chose baling wire, because it most naturally defined me. The sturdiness of the metal, combined with its soft subtle curves makes wire a great drawing instrument. I create wire drawings of everyday items, which I finish off with a rust patina that intentionally references back to my childhood memories of living on the gulf coast of Texas.

Time and space are integral to my compositions. I collect wire drawings into gatherings that either attach to the walls or suspend from the ceiling. I add sounds, light and sometimes even smells the work together with the drawings to create a multisensory environment. My aim is to make people feel at home and offer them time to absorb each piece and to be a part of something special, something bigger.

 

 

Please see my website at www.jarmstrongart.com

 


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