Long Road Projects (LRP), founded by Aaron Levi Garvey and Stevie Covart Garvey, is a 501c3 non-profit artist residency and edition publishing program. Residency programs invite artists to take up residence in a specific city, outsite of their regular home and studio environments. Traditionally, these programs provide artists with time for reflection, research, exhibition, and the ability to produce new bodies of work. By participating in these programs, artists are able to immerse themselves in a new environment, be influenced/inspired by (and influence/inspire) the people they meet, and engage with communities.
Since its inception in December 2015, LRP has hosted four artists in Jacksonville, Lala Abaddon (New York, July-August 2016), Gamaliel Rodriguez (Puerto Rico, October 2016), Joshua Short (California, December 2016), and Tameka Norris (Iowa, December 2016). While in residence, each artists works with Jacksonville's resources and creative community to conceive a limited edition project. Upon their completion, each edition is made available for sale through LPR's website.
At the time of this post Joshua Short is in residence in Jacksonville (December 11-18). Joshua traveled to Jacksonville with Lucille Valentine, his self-frabricated mobile radio station, from which he broadcasts Bomb Shelter Radio. During the day Joshua works in a studio provided by LRP and in the evenings from 8:00-10:00 PM he broadcasts Bomb Shelter Radio from outside Nighthhawks. For his edition, Joshua is composing a mixed tape, which will include a screen-printed tape sleeve.
As an artist, Joshua gravitates towards found and recycled materials. This led to Joshua co-founding the Cardboard Institute of Technology (CIT), a collective that encourages imagination, exploration, and creation using cardboard. Joshua and his peers at CIT exemplify the fact that there is no limit to creativity, no correlation between the cost of materials used and the value of the art produced, as reflected in the image below.
I encourage you to visit Nighthawks before December 18 and experience Bomb Shelter Radio in person. In addition to hearing broadcasts live in person, you can also tune in to 91.3 FM to hear Joshua's broadcasts while he is in Jacksonville. Additionally, Joshua live streams and archives all of his broacasts online.
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