The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana) 1964-current, February 08, 2016, Image 12

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I \ I I I I r-: 1 • • • • • r 12 Josh Carol: Mixed Media Master · Molly Gray/ Arts and Entertainment Editor ''I fee/like as • an art1st, you need to develop your own way of doing art.'' How many times have you wanted to try something new, but stopped yourself because you didn't think you could do it? When your knowledge in a sub- ject, whether academic, athletic, artistic, or otherwise is limited, it can be difficult to experiment with personal goals or innovations. Taking such strides, however, is essential to maintaining the origi- nality that is expected in our rap- idly changing world. At Hellgate, senior Josh Carol is constantly exploring new styles, techniques, and forms of media in his artwork, subsequently compiling an excit- ing, sophisticated portfolio that meets the oft-varied demands of the artistic world, and sheds new kinds of light on the issues of its material counterpart. Perhaps the most distinctive quality of Carol's art is his inuitive use of mixed media. \I always end up mixing medias without trying,\ said Carol. \It just hap- pens.\ The different materials he has used in his work include mixed herbs and spices, vintage denim, and poxy resin, among many others. While Carol's use of mixed media Though these materials often find themselves incorporated into abstract or expressionist pieces when put into the hands of Carol, his artistic abilities are not strictly sanctioned to the fine arts. \When I started my first year of m [Visual Arts],\ said Carol, \I thought it would be interesting to experiment with graphic design.\ Carol noted that one of his greatest inspirations in the realm of graphic design is graphic artist and nhir\t(\0\1\~i.J pher Michael Keenan, whose digital work motivated him to experiment with this particular style. Though Josh has taken many of the various art courses offered at Hellgate, his true drive as an artist is majorly self-determined. \I think that the teachers I've had at Hell- gate over the years have helped me in different ways,\ said Carol, \but I feel like as an artist, you need to develop your own way of doing art.\ When it comes to development of an individual . style, Carol has certainly done just that, but it is not the mere appearance of his works that make them distinct. Carol's instinctual An expressionist landscape by Carol, made with various herbs and spices {Photo courtesy of Josh Carol) experimentation with a variety of mediums may be a trademark of his art, but it is this experimentation that gives . a beautiful originality to each and every piece he creates. If there's anything that we can learn from the work ofJosh Carol, it's that trying news things, no matter how difficult it may be , can pay off in many wonderful, creative ways. Speaking to the importance of art in a high school curriculum, Carol said, \[High schools] should really rethink what they put toward art:' As a high school that enthu- siastically embraces the brainchildren of its own artists, Hellgate has always fostered grounds to experiment with different forms of expression, something that we - and Carol - can all live by. The man himself, Josh Carol (Photo by Koby Silverman) Playlist of thfl Issufl: ~ongs for You and J3afl Pfay/ist by Megan Frank , Graphic by Molly Gra y

The Hellgate Lance (Missoula, Montana), 08 Feb. 2016, located at <http://montananewspapers.org/lccn/TheHellgateLance/2016-02-08/ed-1/seq-12/>, image provided by MONTANA NEWSPAPERS, Montana Historical Society, Helena, Montana.