The Art of Found Objects: Interviews with Texas Artists

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Joel Sampson

Received June 27, 2012
Born 1950, Springfield, Illinois; lives in Dallas

Figure 63. Joel Sampson
Pipe Dream, 2012–2013

Kinetic percussion, custom computer board, electronics, and found
objects, 28" × 24" × 24" with 37" tall pedestal

Courtesy of the artist

Photograph: Joel Sampson

Q You told me that you were always interested in photography. Explain.

A My mother got me a plastic Kodak Brownie Starflash camera with S&H Green Stamps. I developed the 127 black and white film in the basement and made small contact prints. I did not have an enlarger. I studied broadcast and film at Southern Illinois University and got hooked on still photography, which was much less expensive than shooting 16mm film. I also got interested in the history of photography. I owned a portrait and wedding studio in Columbus, Ohio. I later switched to industrial photography and technical writing. I always traveled with a Nikon loaded with Kodachrome 64 and usually a second camera body with black and white Plus-X.

Most of my fine art was done in color with a 6×7 cm medium-format camera. I also shot some 4×5 with a field camera. Like most, I’ve made the transition to digital photography and printing. I print in-house with a 44" wide Epson printer. It prints archival prints which will outlast conventional color coupler prints.

Q How has music inspired or been incorporated into your visual works?

A I paint with red wine and loud jazz. Some of my nonobjective works on paper were directly inspired by music. My current “new media” work directly incorporates drum patterns and sound.

Q How have computer science, electronics, and engineering impacted your work in the visual arts?

A As photography moved from analog (conventional film and silver-based prints) to digital, my computer science and commercial design background helped me in the transition. Now I am the color lab. My current new media work involves all these skills—visual art, mechanics,

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  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Acknowledgments ix
  • Introduction 1
  • Margaret Adie 9
  • Helen Altman 12
  • Celia Álvarez Muñoz 14
  • The Art Guys- Michael Galbreth 17
  • Jack Massing 19
  • Frances Bagley 22
  • Karin Broker 25
  • Maureen Brouillette 28
  • Steve Brudniak 31
  • Margarita Cabrera 35
  • Eugene W. R. Campbell Jr 38
  • Danville Chadbourne 40
  • Claire Cusack 46
  • Robert Dampier 48
  • Roberto del Rio 51
  • Martin Delabano 54
  • Vernon Fisher 58
  • Trenton Doyle Hancock 60
  • Vincent Hannemann 62
  • Ann Harithas 66
  • Dana Harper 69
  • Joseph Havel 71
  • Tracy Hicks 73
  • Paul Horn 77
  • Otis Huband 79
  • Christopher Hynes 81
  • Barbara Irwin 83
  • Joy Jenkins 85
  • Norman Kary 89
  • Mimi Kato 93
  • Sharon Kopriva 96
  • Laura Jean Lacy 98
  • Marilyn Lanfear 101
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  • Ken Little 106
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  • Jesse Lott 115
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  • Mary McCleary 121
  • Leila McConnell 124
  • Kelly O’Connor 127
  • Mari Omori 129
  • Kathleen Packlick 131
  • Angelica Paez 134
  • Kevin Parmer 136
  • Forrest Prince 139
  • Russell Prince 142
  • Dario Robleto 144
  • Aaron Roe 147
  • Jonathan Rosenstein 149
  • John Mark Sager 151
  • Joel Sampson 154
  • Ward Sanders 156
  • Luke Savisky 158
  • Kelly Sears 163
  • Al Souza 165
  • Julie Speed 167
  • James Michael Starr 169
  • Henry Stein 173
  • Gary Sweeney 175
  • Cecil Touchon 177
  • Patrick Turk 181
  • Janet L. Waldrop 184
  • Debbie Wetmore 186
  • Steve Wiman 188
  • Sources and Further Reading 191
  • Index 199
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