Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Joe, I came from a small farm in a small farm town and now live in New York City, making art and working in the art world.
What inspires you?
Thinking about making a pure white sculpture that is carried into space and then released to float away forever.
What themes do you pursue?
A love of the material world and history forms the base of my practice. When I say material, I mean the raw matter that builds us and our environment. I like to think of my materials as the result of a constantly churning mixture of matter and energy over eons. Lately, I'm drawn to materials that although not often thought about as energetic, can be seen as actants when looked at in a different way. Fossils, chemicals reactions, magnetic fields, home made batteries, crystallizing salt are all working their way into my new sculptures as ways of presenting a process and visualizing energy and thought.
Making art allows me to interact with the world in a uniquely limitless way, through the lens of making, thinking, philosophy and action. It also allows me to interact with the people that admire most in the world and, in a small way allows me to interact with the great conversation that I have read and studied my entire life. It is a compass for how I measure my location in the world and it's history.
Name some artists you would like to be compared to.
I'm a great admirer for so many artists and as the world gets smaller with technology, I learn about more everyday. Part of the reason I make art is to, in a small way be in contact with these people. A few that come to mind first are: Nina Canell, Jason Dodge, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Giovani Anselmo, Nina Beier, Carl Andre, Diana Al-Hadid, Josh Tonsfeldt, Chris Martin, James Lee Byars, Lygia Clark, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Roman Signer, I could go on and on. It's a big world.
Images curtesy Joe Brittain