May 4 - June 30, 2018
John F. Lott Gallery
"CLOTHESlines" is an experience, not just a piece to be viewed. Time and space are integral to the work, which allows the work to become an extension of real life, a chance to connect with memories and feelings and expressions that the steady sound of a sprinkler can resurrect or the bright sounds a happy bird can bring to mind. It is a chance for the audience to feel as if they have been a part of something special, something bigger—not necessarily to feel as if it is new or different but to feel as if they are home.
Artist Joel Armstrong was raised in Corpus Christi, TX, where he grew to love fishing, salt air, humidity and rust. He attended Texas Tech University, and spent over 20 years as both an illustrator and graphic designer. While art director of Group, a magazine for youth ministers, at the age of 39, Joel returned to College to receive his MFA in drawing from Colorado State University (2001). At CSU, Joel began to work in wire, and then became interested in Installation art. He has continued to do wire installation for almost 15 years after graduation. More recently, he has begun working with nickel/silver wire, rust and gold paintings, as well as aluminum public art pieces. He currently teaches drawing and illustration at John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas. He is married to an artist, with 3 adult children.