JPW3’s wax transfer paintings feature found imagery of “arab drifting,” a form of stunt driving in which a car is driven into a curve at its maximum speed, and overcorrected at the last minute, causing it to tip dramatically to one side. Fascinated by this dramatic moment, JPW3 uses wax as the material parallel to this interaction of heat and pressure. JPW3 is represented by Night Gallery, Los Angeles and has exhibited extensively across North America and Europe.
Image rights: Courtesy of the artist and Martos Gallery, New York/Los Angeles
“My materials are an excess of fuel,” says J. Patrick Walsh, the artist otherwise known as JPW3. “Yet from these materials new meanings form as I use them in experiments continuously relating found, fabricated, and raw elements.” Working in two and three dimensions, JPW3 enacts alchemical transformations that turn thriftstore finds and common objects into art-making mediums. He casts sculptures from melted candles, for instance, using ramps and wheels as the molds, and makes transfer prints from newsprint onto canvas (again activated by hot wax). Walsh has also recently turned to performance, acting on his same material fascinations; in Hot Pot Charmer, he crafted a large tangle of chain and rope, which he periodically lowered from the rafters into a steel pail of molten wax.
American, b. 1981, Tallahassee, FL, United States, based in Los Angeles, CA, United States