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joel armstrong

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It's a mystery, 2012 Assemblage Mixed Media 10 X 21" © Joel Armstrong, 2012
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Age, it happens, 2012 Assemblage Mixed Media 11 X 16" © Joel Armstrong, 2012
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Beauty, 2012 Assemblage Mixed Media 14 X 16" © joel armstrong, 2012
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Her Drawings, 2012 Assemblage Mixed Media 20 X 14" © Joel Armstrong, 2012
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On the Line, 2009 Wire Variable © Joel Armstrong 2011
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Emersion) the sign of Jonah, 2001 Wire, Drawing, Mixed Media, Installation Varies Per Gallery Showing © joel armstrong 2009
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On the line, Installation view, the bra, 2009 Wire © joel armstrong 2009
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one body, 2006 Wire, Drawing, Mixed Media, Installation Varies Per Gallery Showing © joel armstrong 2009
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party dress, 2001 Baling Wire 22" X 45" © copyright joel armstrong 2011
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Lauras' tattoo, 2009 Baling Wire 14" X 16" © copyright Joel Armstrong 2011
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Failing Hearts, 2009 Silver Wire, Rusted Chest of Drawers, Lamp Installation View © Joel Armstrong
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Drawn and Quartered: a bipolar frame of mind, 2001 Wire, Plexiglas, Lights, Shadow 30ft X 9ft © Joel Armstrong, 2011
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violin/chair, 2007 Wire 14 X 22 © photo-Luke Davis 2010, violin-Joel Armstrong 2007
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party dress, 2001 Wire © wire dress-Joel Armstrong 2001/ photo-Luke Davis 2010
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nurse tattoo, 2007 Wire 18 X 20 © tattoo drawing-Joel Armstrong 2007/photo-Luke Davis 2010
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On the Line, 2009 Wire Variable © Joel Armstrong, 2009
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emersion) the sign of jonah, 2001 Wire Installation Variable © Joel Armstrong, 2001
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violin, 2011 Wire Drawing 10 X 22" © Joel Armstrong, 2011
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violin/ rust painting, 2011 Rust Painting 15 X 25" © joel armstrong, 2011
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Garage Sale-Installation view, September 2011 Wire Drawing, Rust Painting, Mixed Media Variable © Joel Armstrong, 2011
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Rust & Gold: 100 paintings Metallic Rust and Gold Paints 2.75" X 4.75" © Joel Armstrong
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Rust & Gold: 100 paintings, 2013 Metallic Rust and Gold Paints 2.75 X 4.75 © Joel Armstrong
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Rust & Gold: 100 paintings, 2013 Metallic Rust and Gold Paint 2.75" X 4.75" © Joel Armstrong
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
Rhode Island
Birth year
1956
Lives in
Arkansas
Works in
Arkansas
Schools
Colorado State University — School of the Arts, 2001, MFA
Texas Tech University, Lubbock, Texas, 1978, BFA
Colorado State University
Tags
rust painting mixed-media, wire drawing, wire based installation, Assemblage/collage, 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