Hall of Fame, 2012-3 by Josh Sands

Hall of Fame series 2012-3

 Dre, 2012 gesso and ash on cardboard

Dre, 2012 gesso and ash on cardboard

Have you ever listened to a song over and over again to try and literally possess a part of it, only to have what you were searching for slip through your fingers every time. Attempting to hold onto and physically grasp a portion of a song in order to access it whenever you wanted, separate from the auditory experience is not possible. This impossibility can be experienced as you attempt the futile experiment, but what you are inevitably left with is a portion of the music stored in your memory, it is of course the only real way of possessing and accessing the experience removed from it’s sonic locale. The music is trapped upon its chosen medium. Such a funny and ephemeral thing sound can be and is only invoked through ritual vibration, either the vibrating of vocal chords, an instruments strings, or initiating playback on a stereo and observing the wavelengths with our ears. It’s access is limited to us and it’s nature is impermanent, much different than the visual concrete world we occupy daily. When we observe the world with our eyes we expect it to stay put.

In all honesty the aural experience and the above test have little to do with the visual outcome of the project, but it did serve as the inspiration and motivation behind the projects creation. A chance moment of discovery and the above line of thinking sparked my artistic side into action and what shocked itself into life was well over 50 successful pieces in the series (not to mention the numerous failures). For this post I’ve only attached a few examples as to not entirely bore you all to death.

It was the morning after I made a small fire in the fireplace that I noticed a piece of paper had burned in their with the image revealed in ash almost entirely intact. Noticing this prompted me to experiment with the process of burning a piece of paper and retaining the original image that was still visible in the ash. As carefully as possible (seriously) I gathered the ashes and pressed them onto a freshly gessoed piece of cardboard, seeking to distort the image as little as possible. I found as I kept working that the distorted images could be almost as compelling as the clean ones and kept a number of those rubbings as well.

Capturing the ephemeral, the nearly imperceptible, and the impermanent has always been one of the most compelling goals to my artistic person, this is one of those projects.

 Jay-Z, 2012 ash and gesso on cardboard

Jay-Z, 2012 ash and gesso on cardboard

The choice to use musicians stemmed from my thought experiment and the desire to try and retain physically a section of a song. Also the nature of musicians and the lifestyle they live speaks to the same overall themes I was interested in. Much like the image leftover in the ash after a fire, the music of all of these individuals will live on long after they are dead and gone.

 Sting, 2013 ash and gesso on cardboard

Sting, 2013 ash and gesso on cardboard

I would also like to add that after the project was set aside I realized that it was a form of drawing practice.

 Neil Diamond, 2013 ash and gesso on cardboard

Neil Diamond, 2013 ash and gesso on cardboard

Ouchless no. 1, 2013 by Josh Sands

Ouchless no. 1, 2013

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I'm often times chasing the simple act or intervention that can suggest art or at least is thought provoking.  I post this photo from 2013 just to remember and inspire myself that sometimes the smallest act, like adhering a band-aid over a crack in a small glass frame, can make a powerful statement about fragility and resourcefulness.  More on this to come...

UO Critical Art Show by Josh Sands

U of O Critical Art Show 2017

Here's a few shots from the University of Oregon group show Critical Art Nov 16 2017, curated by the talented Andre Sirois.  Bobby Hundreds, Hal Hefner, Recycled Propaganda and myself were featured artists, as well as a select group of students and other community artists were chosen to participate.  The event was a blast and had great messages to make you think and react. 

 My wife and daughter checking out the Hal Hefner work.

My wife and daughter checking out the Hal Hefner work.

 Josh Sands aka Spin Laden, Antifa 2017   

Josh Sands aka Spin Laden, Antifa 2017

 

 Bobby Hundreds

Bobby Hundreds

 Spin Laden x Recycled Propaganda "Crude"

Spin Laden x Recycled Propaganda "Crude"

 "Crude" glass, detail

"Crude" glass, detail

 Curator Andre and son...

Curator Andre and son...

 Andre interacting w/ a piece by Recycled Propaganda

Andre interacting w/ a piece by Recycled Propaganda

 Recycled Propaganda (bottom) and L. Ammirati (top)

Recycled Propaganda (bottom) and L. Ammirati (top)

 L. Ammirati

L. Ammirati

 Greg Bal

Greg Bal

 Hal Hefner and more...

Hal Hefner and more...

 ...and finally Andre get all the congratulations from his crew.

...and finally Andre get all the congratulations from his crew.

A Study of Visual Tension by Josh Sands

a study of visual tension, 2011

 

2011

Using simple objects shapes and colors, this photography project emphasizes potential energy, visual immediacy, and tension; both literally and figuratively.  Using the language of child hood apprehension, enthusiasm, and mischievousness the focus here is on play and activity.

 This particular piece also plays on certain childhood archetypes such as cat and mouse, wiley coyote and roadrunner, and cops and robbers. 

This particular piece also plays on certain childhood archetypes such as cat and mouse, wiley coyote and roadrunner, and cops and robbers. 

 This particular piece references the idea of games in general; war games, board games, and sports.

This particular piece references the idea of games in general; war games, board games, and sports.

 As a side note I'm also struck by the shape and surface of the balloon, it is a thin skin and mimics the glass bubble.  Perhaps the balloon is more visually fragile than an object that we commonly view as extremely fragile, glass.  Yet in another way the balloon holds more visual weight in its resilience, buoyancy and humor.

As a side note I'm also struck by the shape and surface of the balloon, it is a thin skin and mimics the glass bubble.  Perhaps the balloon is more visually fragile than an object that we commonly view as extremely fragile, glass.  Yet in another way the balloon holds more visual weight in its resilience, buoyancy and humor.

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 This piece references moments of sexual tension, flirtation, and school-yard antics; displayed in a playful mood.

This piece references moments of sexual tension, flirtation, and school-yard antics; displayed in a playful mood.

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 This top down view shows the design to essentially be paired down to three circles; yellow, green and red.  Much like the polka dots on a clown or rings, tokens, or buttons on a toy or game.

This top down view shows the design to essentially be paired down to three circles; yellow, green and red.  Much like the polka dots on a clown or rings, tokens, or buttons on a toy or game.

 The content of this image also recalls the childlike past-time of playing with your chewing gum, shooting a rubber-band, or learning to tie your shoe.

The content of this image also recalls the childlike past-time of playing with your chewing gum, shooting a rubber-band, or learning to tie your shoe.

Early drip pieces coming alive... by Josh Sands

The first drip piece in the studio.

    Drip 1, 2014  mixed media-paint brush, latex paint, borosilicate glass and hardware   

 

Drip 1, 2014

mixed media-paint brush, latex paint, borosilicate glass and hardware

 

 detail of glass...

detail of glass...

Graffiti creeps into the second piece...

    Drip 2, 2014  mixed media paint, borosilicate glass and hardware   

 

Drip 2, 2014

mixed media paint, borosilicate glass and hardware

 

 detail...   

detail...

 

...these early pieces evolved in style and technique into my series of graffiti/drip paintings with glass.  FYI.