Josh Byers

Josh Byers


July 22, 2013


Artist Josh Byers a.k.a. 60wattfunnel has been a creative native since relocating from Akron to northwest Ohio to pursue his degree in Sculpture/Ceramics at Bowling Green State University. Currently an Old West End Resident, he’s found a welcoming artistic community which has kindly opened its doors to his solo and collaborative exhibits. While he’s had tremendous success exhibiting at Bozarts, Parkwood Gallery, Artomatic 419 and various other locations throughout Toledo, 60wattfunnel is currently pursuing opportunities to display his work outside of Ohio, representing Toledo with his large-scale paintings and mixed media sculpture.

Tell us more about some of your past projects?
This past November I had a solo show at Bozarts. I’ve been involved in the past two Artomatics (people’s choice winner in 2011). I have also exhibited at the River House Gallery, Parkwood Gallery, The Art Supply Depot, and Space 237 a couple times before it closed. Outside of Toledo, I have shown in Akron, Cleveland, Dayton, and Columbus. 

What current projects are you working on? 
I have been working on getting my work outside of Ohio. Building a body of work for several upcoming exhibitions/competitions (large scale paintings and several mixed-media sculptures). I also have a solo show coming up in November at The Toledo School of Arts.

What advantages does being in Northwest Ohio/Toledo offer your efforts?
Cheap rent with lots of space to make larger work.

Tell us about one of your greatest successes.
My first solo exhibition selling out opening night.

Tell us who or what gives you inspiration?
Music, words, and loud chainsawz.

Tell us about your background.
I was born and raised in Akron, Ohio. I attended BGSU where I received a BFA in Sculpture /Ceramics. After school I began working as a mason/plasterer.

Do you have a motto or favorite quote you try to live by?
“My shit is perfect.”- Bob Log III

Favorite place for local culture?
The Toledo Museum of Art, Bozarts, The Ottawa Tavern and The Village Idiot.

Toledo’s “best kept secret” is... 

My favorite place to chill locally is... 
The Lab (studio).

My favorite natural space in the Toledo area is...
The huge oak tree outside our place in the Old West End, home to an Eastern Pee-Wee bird during the summers.

When I’m not working hard, I can always be found...
Slayering art in the lab or at a bar.

If you could change anything about the current landscape for creative, progressive people...
More art galleries with big walls.

Any exciting collaborations (past or present) you would like to tell us about?
60wattfunnel  X  PhoebeStarr Jewelry (the talented and lovely Phoebe Sloan)
60wattfunnel  X  Designer Wrought Iron (my homeboy Gavin Lehman)
 …take warning.

Name one person (living or deceased) who you would love to collaborate with. 
Robert Arneson.

Name a CD or book you can’t live without.
CD - Mule Variations by Tom Waits
Book - The Dictionary

3 words that best describe me or my work are...
Perpetual, raw, and irreverent.

Give us 5 Desert Island Album picks.
Fred McDowell: The Alan Lomax Recordings
Sublime Gold
Dead Man soundtrack by Neil Young
Clash on Broadway
Blacklisted by Neko Case

My biggest vice is . . .
A 30 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon in a cooler of ice.

I’d like to see __________ in Toledo.
More non-artists looking and thinking about art.

What’s the last dream you recall having?
Mixing mortar.

The last lyric that moved me was . . .
”It’s a thorazine work party, with free flouride bubble gum” – Devil Makes Three

One movie character I identify with is . . .
Leon Barlow (Arliss Howard) from Big Bad Love.

The best gift I’ve ever received was . . .
A tattoo from my girlfriend.

My most inspiring moment was/is . . .
Every time I hear killer music.

I want my last meal to be. . . 
Phoebe’s tacos and a Myles Pizza.



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