Joseph Hubbard

SEMIOTICS / WORDS
PROBES THE "SWISS ARMY KNIFE " CAPABILITY OF LANGUAGE & MEMORY TO CONVEY AND (MIS)MANAGE MEANINGS, INTENTIONS, EMOTIONS.

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ANOTHER WORK FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

ANOTHER WORK FOR THE
VISUALLY IMPAIRED

2010

76.25cm H x 56cm W x 5cm D
paper, seeds, glass, plexiglass,
braille embossed vinyl, text:
"The Moving Finger Writes..." from The
Rubaiyat
(Omar Khayyaám~ca:1100 CE)

Private Collection

 
 

WEIGHING LETTERS FOR THE BLIND
2010

19cm H x 17cm W x 16cm D
Braille scales, lead birdshot, paint

WEIGHING LETTERS FOR THE BLIND

WEIGHING THE OTHERNESS OF
7 ARABIAN POEMS

WEIGHING THE OTHERNESS OF
7 ARABIAN POEMS

2010

26cm H x 33cm W x 19 cm D
brass postal scales, shredded text
Arabian poems printed 1823
for Wallace Stevens

Collection: McMaster Art Museum
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada


 
 

MY LIFE IN BED
2010

10cm H x 21.5cm W x 20cm D
brass, leather bound book

Private Collection

MY LIFE IN BED

GIFT FOR THE BAGHDAD MUSEUM (OSSUARY)

GIFT FOR THE BAGHDAD MUSEUM
(OSSUARY)

2009

18cm H x 25cm W x 15cm D
cceramic, cardboard

Private Collection

 
 

WEIGHING AN ARABIAN POEM
2009

10.5cm H x 26cm W x 15cm D
brass, shredded text, marble

WEIGHING AN ARABIAN POEM

BREATHTAKING ITINERARIES

BREATHTAKING ITINERARIES
(click image to play)
2008

18cm H x 29cm W x 3.5cm D
continuous scrolling digital display:
wood, gold leaf
Selection of 28 genocides, masacres,
exterminations from 1845-1910
AMRITSAR, N'AMERINDIANS,
ARMENIA,IRELAND,GUERNICA,
UKRAINE, The HOLOCAUST,
DRESDEN, HAMBURG, TOKYO,
HIROSHIMA,NAGASAKI,The GULAG,
TIBET, KASHMIR, VIETNAM,CHEJUDO,
NAMIBIA,CAMBODIA,BANGLADESH,
BORUNDI, RWANDA, CHECHNIA,
CONGO,GUATEMALA, SREBRENICA,
EAST TIMOR, DARFUR...(repeat)


 
 

LIES MY
MOTHER TOLD ME

(click image to play)
2004-2005

16cm H x 28cm W x 8.5cm D
continuous scrolling digital display:
wood, gold leaf
My mother’s solipsisms:
It isn’t your fault...
You shouldn’t blame yourself...
This is good for you...
Time heals all wounds...
This hurts me more than you...
The world is your oyster...
You can be anything you dream to be...
I will never lie to you...
I will never leave you...

(repeat)

LIES MY MOTHER TOLD ME

Click photo to view entire series
SHADOWS ITINERARY

SHADOWS ITINERARIES
(x6 panels) 2006-2007

8.5cm H x 168cm W x 4cm D
maple, plexiglass fronts & backs,
stainless wire, spring scales,
miniature wood clothes clips
each panel requires halogen o
LED spotlamps; letters project shadows
sites of genocides 1906-2006

(click to view entire series)

 

DOLLAR STORE OBLIGATIONS
2007

8.5cm H x 168cm W x 4cm D
maple, plexiglass front & back,
stamped metal words,
stainless wire, spring scales,
miniature wood clothes clips
Requires halogen or LED
narrow beam spot lamps

DOLLAR STORE OBLIGATIONS

ABU GHRAIB EDUCATIONAL COERCION KIT

EDUCATIONAL
COERCION KIT:
ABU GHRAIB~AGES 4-8
2006

64cm H x 6 cm W x 5cm D
vacuum formed vinyl, Teddies,
leather letters, fabric hoods,
elec.clips, battery, switch

 
 

EDUCATIONAL
COERCION KIT:
GUANTANAMO~AGES 9-12
2008

64cm H x 6cm W x 5cm D
vacuum formed vinyl, Teddies,
leather letters, fabric,
elec.clips, battery, switch

EDUCATIONAL COERCION KIT:
GUANTANAMO~AGES 9-12


THE WEIGHT OF YOUR WORDS,
MY WORDS 

THE WEIGHT OF YOUR
WORDS/ MY WORDS
2005

30 cm H x 43cm W x 14cm D
fibreglass egg, Forton resin, wood,
zippers, [wall mounted]

 

GENETIC MODIFICATION
2005

18cm H x 55cm W x 12cm D
fibreglass, Forton resin,
zippers, [wall mounted]
hands hold letters of
random sequence DNA
chemicals (A, T, G, C)



GENETIC MODIFICATION  

GIFT FOR THE BAGHDAD MUSEUM: TOASTER

GIFT FOR THE BAGHDAD MUSEUM:
TOASTER (variations)
2005, 2012, 2015

18cm H x 30cm W x 15cm D
ceramic, glazes, lustres
Stamped with ersatz cuneiform
dollar & pound glyphs

Private Collection

 

LITTLE VOICE OF REASON
2004

30cm H x 34cm W x 14cm D
brass, taxidermist’s bird,
brass letters

Private Collection

LITTLE VOICE OF REASON

INVOICES FOR IRAQ

 

INVOICES FOR IRAQ
variations 2003, 2004, 2015, 2016

30cm H x 21cm W x 14cm D
antique 2-post hanging files:
ceramic; stamped with cuneiform,
dollar & pound glyphs

Private Collection

VENUS WORD TRAPS
2000-2003

30cm H x 77cm W x 17cm D
cPAIR ceramic, black glaze, ni-cad
wires, brass letters spell:
"YOUR WORDS"
"my words"

wall or pedestal mounted:
commentary on
interpersonal communication


VENUS WORD TRAPS



WEIGHT OF MY WORDS, YOUR WORDS

THE WEIGHT OF MY WORDS
THE WEIGHT OF YOUR WORDS

2002-2003

33cm H x 12cm W x 5.5cm D
ceramic, cast clear resin
wall mounted, reversable

OLD SAW
2003

120cm H x 20cm W x 5.5cm D
wood, sintered iron, copper
Resembles saw folded in half
announces IT’S NOT OVER ’TILL
THE FAT LADY SINGS
commentary on mortality
wall mounted

Private Collection

OLD SAW



WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE? 

WHAT WOULD JESUS DRIVE
2003

120cm H x 12cm W x 6.5cm D
wood, sintered iron filings, copper
Resembles saw folded in half
Glib reference to stickers
promoting politically correct
vehicle choice

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WEIGHT OF WORDS
2002

120cm H x 54cm W x 19cm D
ceramic, silver 24K lustre,
steel cable, chromed hook
Inverted ceramic parachute

Collection: Museum London
Ontario, Canada



THE WEIGHT OF WORDS

   

 

 

   

 

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