Joe Hedges - Experiments

Joe Hedges, Geodescic, 2014

Joe Hedges, For Geodesic, 2014

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Statement

Through 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 I attempt to re-imbue decommissioned objects with a new sense of function and meaning. Inspired by the burgeoning field of Object Oriented Ontology and motivated by a lifelong interest in collecting thrift-store electronics, I am interested in 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.

“In the paintings, digital prints, and sculptures by Joe Hedges, we see the hybridization of natural and technological objects, united and interacting in often humorous, often contemplative ways. Hedges’ solutions ask us to examine our embedded relationship with nature and how–but more importantly why–we meddle.”

– A. Fortes
AntiPatterns: Paintings, Prints and Sculpture by Joe Hedges, Solo Exhibition Gallery 2, Washington State University, September 2015

“Hedges’s still lives remix familiar objects to give them an Alzheimer’s-like strangeness”
– Michael Anthony Farley, Artfcity.com, This Weeks’ Must See Events: We Are Not in Basel

Joe Hedges, For Newton, 2014

Joe Hedges, For Newton, 2014


Joe Hedges, Charging, 2014

Joe Hedges, Charging, 2014


Joe Hedges, Options, 2014

Joe Hedges, Options, 2014


Joe Hedges, Grenades, 2014

Joe Hedges, Grenades, 2014


Joe Hedges, Asian Pear, 2014

Joe Hedges, Asian Pear, 2014


Joe Hedges, Line Quality, 2014

Joe Hedges, Line Quality, 2014


Joe Hedges, Testing, digital archival print, 18

Joe Hedges, Testing, digital archival print, 18″ x 24″, 2015


Joe Hedges, Photosynthesis, digital archival print, 18

Joe Hedges, Photosynthesis, digital archival print, 18″ x 24″, 2015


Joe Hedges, For Harry Belafonte, digital archival print, 18

Joe Hedges, For Harry Belafonte, digital archival print, 18″ x 24″, 2015


Joe Hedges, Abquarium, digital archival print, 18

Joe Hedges, Abquarium, digital archival print, 18″ x 24″, 2015


DSC_0095Joe Hedges, Articulation- wood, wire, plastic, metal, ceramics 4” x 15” x 4” 
2014

Joe Hedges, “Articulation
” wood, wire, plastic, metal, ceramics 4” x 15” x 4” 
2014


Joe Hedges, Transporter - wood, rocks, plexiglass, PVC, paint 4” x 15” x 4” 
2014

Joe Hedges, “Transporter
” wood, rocks, plexiglass, PVC, paint 4” x 15” x 4” 
2014


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Joe Hedges, “Articulation
” wood, wire, plastic, metal, ceramics 4” x 15” x 4” 
2014


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Joe Hedges, “Articulation
” wood, wire, plastic, metal, ceramics 4” x 15” x 4” 
2014


AntiPatterns solo exhibition, Joe Hedges, installation view

AntiPatterns solo exhibition, Joe Hedges, installation view


DSC_0039Momento / Memento group show installation view with Christy Whittmer's work in foreground.

Momento / Memento group show installation view with Christy Whittmer’s work in foreground.


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Momento / Memento group show installation view


Connect electrodes, defibrillator and fallen tree limb. Sound component robotic voice repeating

AntiPatterns solo show installation view. Connect electrodes, defibrillator and fallen tree limb. Sound component robotic voice repeating “connect electrodes”

 

 

Joe Hedges - Experiments, installation view

Joe Hedges – Experiments, installation view

 

"Connect electrodes" defibrillator and fallen tree limb. Sound component robotic voice repeating "connect electrodes"

“Connect electrodes” defibrillator and fallen tree limb. Sound component robotic voice repeating “connect electrodes”