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installation sculpture artists / brothers co-create and expand their own imagination and perception

Although most artists work in solitude, installation sculpture artists and brothers Byron Goodspeed (Topeka) and Joshua Markley (Manhattan) have discovered that two minds are better than one.

“We discovered a few years ago that we were both born with the exact same mind,” Byron explains. “We were having one of our daily discussions, and it progressed to us expressing our artistic ideas to each other. Through those exchanges, we developed ideas, and amplified those ideas with a healthy dose of imagination. We are able to build upon each other’s imaginations, until an art idea becomes something neither of us imagined on our own. There isn’t anything we have developed that we were not able to create, no matter how large we needed to create it. Our passion becomes the fuel, our ideas and imagination the driving force, and our surroundings our canvas.”

Their dedication to their art has brought them together for thousands of hours to create their combined visions, which are seen on a variety of mediums, from pushpins to found objects.  Starting with their first sculpture in 2013, they created a pointillism artwork, the 47,000 pushpin sculpture “The World In Pushpins.”

Our passion becomes the fuel, our ideas and imagination the driving force, and our surroundings our canvas.

Joshua remembers their first work: “We wanted to create something that had never been done before, taking a very large object and making it smaller, as opposed to how the pointillism art form normally works. We were attempting to find the limits of the art form. After 1000 hours of work, we still have not found those limits. What ended up materializing, however, was a seven foot, fully custom, one-of-a-kind sculpture of the world in pushpins. It was a test of patience, and it started us on our artistic path.”

One might think that two people working together would create an impasse, but the two of them do not have that problem. “We start with an idea, a dream, anything in our minds. We share it with the other, and the building up of the idea starts, like a snowball rolling down a mountain, building bigger and grander,” Byron explains. “We bounce ideas back and forth, over and over, until the artwork concept becomes so big, we don’t know where it began or where it will end. That’s when we stop, and create what we have seen – a frozen moment in time.”

Since their first combined works, the duo has stretched beyond pushpins to found objects. “Our favorite piece by far, and the genre of art we most enjoy, is “Building The Bot,” a seven foot long by 4 1/2ft tall mixed media/kit-bash art piece. We spent an entire year finding objects to use and putting the artwork together. Electronic items, found objects, miniature scale figures, a prosthetic leg, and even a sink drain and an Easter egg are on the artwork, even though you would never be able to tell they are there. As we built the piece, every idea we had for it, even on a day to day basis, or a spur of the moment, went into the artwork.”

Even though their work has not been publicly displayed very often, they are award-winning. Last year at the Aaron Douglas Art Fair, they received the Best Emerging 3D Artist Award and the People’s Choice Award.  It seems that the public has spoken, and as for me, I would encourage you to keep an eye on these two, because their work is definitely worth seeing. The easiest way to watch their progress and look out for the next opportunity to see their work on display is by liking their Facebook page, joshua.byron.artists.

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