Mo

Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 60″, 2014.

It was a disturbance in a nearby alley that had me jump out of bed early that Saturday morning. There he was, dressed sharp patiently searching beneath the open lid’s layered discards. From the moment our eyes locked there was a familiarity that hit close to home when we both found out we were from Georgia. As he spoke about the changes that had placed him on the streets and which were quickly about to take him back off, he spoke deeply about his two young boys, how he had tried to hide his affairs from them, and how recently, they had ‘caught’ him. He said he told them “one day you will understand… when you see it through the eyes of a man.”

To begin to comprehend the story of Mo, one must approach the facts from a different perspective. We must bend, kneel, or twist our way around what is before us to uncover the deeper truth. I intentionally did not write anything on top of the canvas. There is nothing to be learned when approaching the unknown when one approaches from above.

Mo, Oil on Canvas, 48" x 60", 2014. Josh Hunter

Mo, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 60″, 2014. Josh Hunter

Mo, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 60″, 2014 (Detail of canvas wrapped lettering). Josh Hunter

Mo, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 60″, 2014 (Detail of canvas wrapped lettering). Josh Hunter

Mo, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 60″, 2014 (Detail of canvas wrapped lettering 2). Josh Hunter

Mo, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 60″, 2014 (Detail of canvas wrapped lettering 2). Josh Hunter

Mo, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 60″, 2014 (Detail of canvas wrapped lettering 3). Josh Hunter

Mo, Oil on Canvas, 48″ x 60″, 2014 (Detail of canvas wrapped lettering 3). Josh Hunter

Mo (detail).

Mo (detail).

Mo (detail).

Mo (detail).

Mo (detail).

Mo (detail).

 

 

Sorrow

Oil on 2 Canvases, 30” x 18”, 2012.

Sorrow, oil on 2 canvases. Artwork by Josh Hunter

Sorrow, oil on 2 canvases. Artwork by Josh Hunter

Sorrow (top detail)

Sorrow (top detail)

Sorrow (bottom detail) by Josh Hunter

Sorrow (bottom detail) by Josh Hunter

Sorrow

Sorrow

James & Jarrett

Oil on Canvas, 60” x 68”, 2012.

James and Jarrett oil on canvas by Josh Hunter

James and Jarrett oil on canvas by Josh Hunter

“How do you gets these carts back down the hills?” I asked

“Why? Want to see me do it?” James called out to me as his buddy Jarrett covered his mouth and began laughing a huge, “Oh man! Oh mannnn! Watch this!”

“Black Magic,” the name James is truly known for, and Jarrett aree masters of the Canning game. Trekking two empty shopping carts up from the base of Downtown to the heights of Banker’s Hill, they ride. Reaching terrifying speeds, they control their overflowing 800-pound chariots back down the steep hills to the Hancock Recycling Center.

James and Jarrett (detail).

James and Jarrett (detail).

James and Jarrett (detail).

James and Jarrett (detail).

James and Jarrett (on the streets).

James and Jarrett (on the streets).