Public Process 4: Josh Sands
Josh Sands is ECA’s resident for Public Process 4.
Josh has already completed his first Open Studio last night and has more scheduled so don’t miss out on catching them! Visit our events page for upcoming dates and information.
The inspiration for this project stems from my interest in paint, its physicality and its presence. It is from this interest in the physicality of paint that I was drawn to look closely at street and graffiti painting, eventually discovering quantities of paint buried underneath the ground at the base of popular graffiti spots.
My process consists of excavating the material found at these spots and examining leftover paint artifacts, a practice closely related to that of an archaeologist, while subsequently using the artifacts in my own work by a method of pouring, covering, sanding and revealing.
Using the paint layers accumulated over time by other artists allowed me to come to conclusions about their dedication to the craft, their attempts to cultivate an enduring message and the way in which graffiti artists inadvertently leave behind aspects of their shadowy existence.
This process of discovery through collecting, conserving and manipulating materials is rooted in the desire to understand a culture dissimilar to my own.
A synthesis of graffiti, archaeology and painting, Sands’ “Street Artchaeology” closely examines his own art process and perspective as a way to more deeply understand that of others’.
“Street Artchaeology” will have its Opening Reception at The Wave Gallery, 547 Blair Ave., on September 27th, 7pm.
Other Public Process 4 Events:
Open Studios: Aug. 29th, Sept. 5th, 12th, & 19th, at 7pm
Artist Lecture: Oct. 3rd, at 7pm