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joel armstrong

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

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



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. 


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.



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