Justin Boyd, Field Recording near the San Antonio River
We began working with artist Justin Boyd, Department Chair of Sculpture and Integrated Media at the beginning of the year on a new short documentary in our series with Southwest School of Art. The videos are being used as a recruitment tools for the school’s new BFA program which is currently open for admissions.
Boyd records a passing train in stereo
Boyd utilizes his modular to manipulate sound recordings
In one of our favorite scenes from the film, Justin discusses an early memory of sound as a young boy growing up in Fort Stockton, Texas. We cast the part with our friend, artist Karl Frey’s son Vonnegut. Vonn did a wonderful job portraying a young Justin waking up in the morning and listening to 45s on his Fisher Price Turntable. We have found ourselves integrating these kind of cinematic recreations in our short documentaries to further connect the audience to a story the subject is sharing. We believe it’s very effective in illustrating memories which are intimately tied to the work the artist is making.
Vonnegut Frey plays a young Justin Boyd
Boyd’s childhood Fisher Price Turntable plays Linda Ronstadt’s Blue Bayou
Boyd performs with his loop-based records
Inspired by his sensitivity to sound at a very young age, Boyd has been recording and working with sound and music since the mid 90s. His sound archive includes personal recordings of his Grandfather’s fiddle playing, his travels around the world, and documentation of his everyday life. Boyd is currently capturing field recordings for integration of sound with found objects.
Sound and material meet in Boyd’s piece Vibrational-1 (detail)
We really enjoyed working with Justin on this film. He was very open to sharing his working process with us as well as his personal connection to his work. Watch the film below!
This documentary was produced in association with Southwest School of Art. Learn more about their BFA program at http://www.swschool.org. Learn more about the artist at https://www.swschool.org/justinboyd.