Joe Hedges: Empirical Evidence at Kenneth J Minnaert Art Center
South Puget Sound Community College
2011 Mottman Rd. SW
Olympia, WA 98512-6292
Joe Hedges: Empirical Evidence
April 17 – May 12, 2017
Reception and gallery talk Monday, April 17 (6 – 8pm)
The digital prints, sculptures and paintings by Joe Hedges explore the hybridization of the natural and the technological, the digital and physical. Through merging ambiguous objects and divorcing those objects of their usual context, the works in Empirical Evidence posit fanciful, sometimes humorous reflections on our changing relationship with nature and science. On view Monday April 17 through May 12.
My recent digital prints, oil paintings, sculptures and installations are created by scavenging for discarded objects-–the handles of hair dryers, plastic toys, frayed wires, rocks and plant parts, empty containers-–and rearranging them into new configurations. These decommissioned objects are thus re-imbued with a new sense of fantastic function and meaning, as artworks that ask the viewer to consider how our tools and materials shape the world at large. I am inspired by new philosophies that seek to deemphasize anthropocentric world views in favorite of a more object-oriented perspective. Motivated by a lifelong interest in collecting thrift-store electronics, I attempt to make visible questions regarding human relationship to technology and the natural world. How do individuals and groups imbue objects with meaning? What kinds of objects qualify as meaning-containers? These images attempt to make electronic materials more corporeal as our devices become more networked, more ubiquitous and thus more invisible in the information age.