Featuring Justin Boyd
Boyd's new installation at Blue Star is inspired by his time spent in Germany in Summer 2014. Selected as one of the 2014-2015 Blue Star Contemporary Berlin Residents, Boyd spent his days recording the city of Berlin through its sounds. So much of his time was dedicated to listening, whether it was to the daily sounds of bikes, cars, trains, conversations, or the Berlin Philharmonic, improvisational music, and techno, Boyd gained a unique knowledge of the city that others may not have.
On this process, Boyd states, "My ears have given me an intimate sense of what actually constitutes Berlin. What frequencies are present, which are gone? What sounds are here that are not other places, I know now that if played a recording of a street scene from Berlin, I would recognize it's DNA very quickly. The city is loud, lots of bicycles, trains, broken bottles, many languages, protests, police sirens and a steady 4/4 beat most places you go."
Boyd's multimedia, sculptural installation is the distillation and processing of his field recordings and is experienced as an object, sound, and environment, creating a new sort landscape for visitors to experience in Blue Star's interior and exterior spaces.
Listen to some of Justin's sound recordings on his Soundcloud page.
Justin Boyd (1974) lives and works in San Antonio, TX. He graduated with his MFA from The California Institute for the Arts in 2003. As an artist working with sound, image and objects he has had the privilege of being included in many group shows, solo exhibitions, and performances.
Justin has been the Chair of the Sculpture and Integrated Media Department at the Southwest School of Art since 2013 and continues his long standing radio show each week on KRTU 91.7 FM.
More at justintaylorboyd.com
Exhibition support provided by The Lifshutz Family, City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development, a grant from the John L. Santikos Charitable Foundation Fund of the San Antonio Area Foundation, the Mary Hobbs Griffith Foundation, Texas Commission on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts, and Silver Eagle Distributors.
Support for 2015-2016 Berlin Residency Program provided by City of San Antonio Department for Culture and Creative Development, the Capital Group Companies Charitable Fund, 1010 S. Flores Lofts and 1111 Austin Highway Lofts, and Michael McGowan