FNO Artists: Joe Saphire

JOE SAPHIRE

JoeSaphireFNOimageJoe Saphire‘s Everything, All of It, All the Time is a multi-channel video and sound installation. It is a collection of images and field recordings reminiscent of long drives and time spent watching shadows on the wall. It is an homage to the pleasure of stasis, and the liminal state of waiting. The title is a reference to the open-ended practice of image and sound gathering employed, as well as a nod to the aesthetics of noise—the nonlinear information, all of it, that resists narrative meaning. It is also inspired by my toddler, who coined the term “night car” to describe how time passes sleepily in the warm, womb-like car on long night drives.

Joe Saphire is a media artist and teacher living in Northampton, MA. Recent projects experiment with the subject of time: its construction, perception, and consumption as both a cultural product and natural phenomenon. Projects resolve as installations, site-specific displays, collaborative events, and web archives, designed to fit various kinds of venues and formats. Joe’s studio, teaching, and collaborative practices have begun to merge into a single aim: to create venues for dialogue and artistic engagement, particularly within non-traditional environments. PlayLaborPlay, an ongoing collaborative and curatorial project, marks this leap into site-specificity and place-making: the pop-up show as medium between product and place. The collaborative’s most recent event, TRACKS, took place in a warehouse at Eastworks, Easthampton, MA, and contained six floors of site-specific sound installations that ranged from electronic composition, to sound sculpture, to performance.

A recent graduate of the UMass, Amherst, MFA studio art program, Joe is currently teaching video and photography at the Loomis Chaffee School, Windsor, CT, and teach in various capacities and disciplines in the New England area.

ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
I’m honored to participate in Florence Night Out! The prospect of taking over a pod, such a non-traditional installation space, was inspiring from the start, and to have the chance to show alongside such a diverse span of local artists motivated me as well. As with most event-based work, it’s exciting to present experimental ideas to a crowd that shows up for various reasons: art, food, community, conversation, and open curiosity. These kinds of environments are rich and energetic, and I can’t wait to take it all in.

SEE JOE SAPHIRE’S EVERYTHING, ALL OF IT, ALL THE TIME
LIVE AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT

MOBILE ART BOX #1
30 N. MAPLE ST.

FRIDAY, MAY 6
5:00-8:00PM

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