amid the noise and haste

By Joe Hocker

On display at Gravy from June 6th - July 6th

For the last year or so, I have been building small temporary sculptures in the great outdoors. These reactive structures are based on the environments that I place myself within, and are made with the materials at hand. The sculptures also relate to the body and its fragility.  The longevity of these sculptures is related to the construction and materials used to build them, as well as external forces. In much the same way the body survives in its lifetime, these small sculptures play with the tenuous balance between life and death.

Working with a variety of processes within photography, including traditional analog methods, hand built cameras, and digital and new media, I am interested in how the image functions in the ever changing climate of the medium. My images are made slowly and deliberately through involved and methodic processes.

Over the last year, I have spent a significant amount of time visiting loved ones lying in intensive care unit beds in various hospitals. Each of these patients was admitted for very different reasons: One a potentially lethal infection; one by way of freak accident; and the third by gunshot wounds. During my time visiting each of them, I began to think about the tight grip we as humans have on staying alive, the fragility of life, and the mortal precipice of which we are constantly toeing the edge. As human beings, we are susceptible to a variety of situations that may push us over that edge.