This month's featured artist is the talented and personable Joshua Solomon of Solomon Solutions. According to Josh, "in 1999, while visiting Santa Barbara, CA, a serendipitous encounter with a gypsy led to his introduction to glassblowing." Since then, Josh has produced some amazing works of art through the medium of glass. His use of fluid forms and vibrant colors is a pleasure to behold -hypnotizing really. You can find some of his smaller glass beauties at Kitsch! If you'd like to learn more about this interesting and truly authentic fellow, take a gander at the questions he was kind enough to answer for our inquiring minds...
Where do you find inspiration?
I’m inspired by the natural world, art history, other glass artists and glass itself.
What's your studio playlist?
I’m not the most active DJ when I work. I’ve been known to work in silence because I forget to put something on. My default go to jams include: Toots, Paul Simon, Stevie Wonder, Ravi Shankar, Gustav Holst, really, pretty much anything with soul.
Where is your studio?
I don’t have my own studio; in order to keep costs down (glass blowing is extremely energy intensive) I rent time/volunteer for access. Currently I work in two studios: Trinity Studios in Waynesboro, VA and the Chrysler Museum Glass Studio right here in Norfolk.
How do you get yourself out of a creative rut?
I’ve designed a certain amount of evolution into my process. This flexibility keeps me trying new things. I rarely find myself in a rut. I experience creative speed bumps at times; they help in reminding me to take my time.
Favorite blog/movie/tv show/book that never fails to inspire or just clears the mind.
I read all the time. Books have always been my choice of escape. My Favorite authors this year are T.C. Boyle, H.G. Wells and E.O. Wilson.
You have a time machine. Where are you going?
The future…or a potential future if that’s what it’s called, say 125 years….2138. I think we live in tumultuous times and I’m curious to see how everything shakes out: globalization, climate change, population explosion, food and water, etc.
Share a recipe - bonus points if there's a story behind it.
It’s my guac, Joshamole. It’s nothing fancy, but it’s always good. My secret is lots of lime juice (keeps it from turning brown, and aids in texture). One lime for each Avocado. Just the right amount of diced red onion (this depends on who you are…and who you’ll be talking to) Kosher Salt, Fresh Black Pepper and Fresh Cilantro.
What's your dream project - if you had all the time and materials in the world?
Giant cells. Animals, plants, fungus, microbes….I love the micro world, it would be brilliant to make it giant in perfect detail. Just imagine a brain cell or a virus 2 stories tall made of glass…
What artists influence your work - who are your creative idols?
Influences: Brancusi, Boccioni, Matisse, Gonzalez, Entner, Littleton.
If I had to pick an Idol I’d have to say Duchamp.
Describe yourself in 5 words.
articulate, funny, sincere, talkative, beardy
Describe your work in 5 words.
dynamic, bright, expressive, organic, composed
How do you find balance?
One foot in front of the other
What's your typical day?
Unpredictable, generally starts with yogurt, hopefully there are some laughs in the middle, and usually ends with reading.
We're handing you plane tickets to anywhere. Where are you going?
Christmas Island…whenever those crabs get on the march
What's your favorite local haunt?
Strawberry Fields, I sometimes go there twice a day…I think I have a gelato problem.
These questions are silly. I'm going to tell you something else...
Creativity only gets you part of the way. A strong work ethic and strong community support are critically important to my success. Thanks to all of you who support my endeavors.
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