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Life & Work with Joshua Frye

Today we’d like to introduce you to Joshua Frye. 

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Being an artist always seemed like a far-off idea to me as a young person. So much of our society ingrains concepts of frivolity upon the arts, only clinging to them as vessels for producing value, content, or leisure. To the artist, and no doubt to those struggling to connect and find meaning in a world so filled with conflicting messages and ideologies, art is one of the only things that can effectively bypass all of the noise and convey intention and meaning in a way that can truly bring people together. Art provides a chance to look at the world through new lenses; To imagine worlds that could have been, and perhaps could still be; To ask questions that desperately need to be asked, and to dream. The first time I allowed myself to ask these questions, and to truly dream of being an artist, I was standing on the back window frame of an early 1960’s Cadillac that had been cemented nose deep along with nine of its siblings into the endlessly vacant skyline of Amarillo, Texas. There I spent every morning of the summer after I graduated college, Spray painting cars along with streams of tourists, listening to music, and desperately trying to figure out what I wanted to do with my life. Although it would take several years of experimentation until I found my artistic voice, the realizations that I had on those mornings would allow me to embrace who I needed to become wholeheartedly. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
As humans, we tend to be our own biggest obstacles. Fear, anxiety, conflicting wants and needs, trauma, and so much more cloud our reality and cause us to dream small, hide our best ideas, and stay in our comfort zone. Learning to work through these concepts and what each of them meant to me has been one of the best learning experiences, and continues to help me to push past the pain and discomfort into new artistic territory. 

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
Overall, I would describe myself as an abstract expressionist. Although I make art in a variety of mediums, the ability to find alternative means of expression is the guiding principle behind so much of my work. Whether it is musical, painting, digital, or design, finding ways to convey emotions and ideas that elude words has been an overarching theme in my work for years. To be able to capture a moment or an emotion, and transform the energies of that experience into something beautiful and transformative is what it means to create art for me. 

One of the projects I am most excited about is the recent release of Chlorophyll Communication. This album was inspired by plants and technology and then the blending of the two to create new realities. To accomplish this goal, I used the PlantWave app and technology to record a few hours of sample material from my plants in my office. Then I chose my favorite sections to become the textural interludes throughout the album. For the album artwork, I again worked with Nanapartha from Bali to further elaborate on the world that we have been building, this time adding a scene of plants interconnected with musical equipment. For me building a relationship with plants has also been a powerful avenue for growth. Pun intended. I love them. A quick look at the song names will definitely confirm this. 

What do you like best about our city? What do you like least?
I love how much this city values culture and the arts, its proximity to nature, and all of the amazing people that make Denver and Colorado their homes. My hopes for the future are that we work locally and globally to provide access to mental health support and find ways to truly address the issues that contribute to so many being barred from attaining access to safe, affordable shelter, food, and clean water. 

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Tosha & Joshua Frye

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