We had the good fortune of connecting with Josh Frye and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Josh, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
The book No Mud, No Lotus is one of many books that I would count among those that have strongly affected my life. Comparing the suffering inherent in the lives of humans to the mud that fertilizes the beautiful lotus blossoms, this metaphor allows for a new lens through which to see the pain and struggle of the individual experience in a way that highlights the transformative power of art, intention, and the healing power of breathing. Learning how to transmute our experience to help others and create beauty in our lives has been one of the most powerful lessons that I have learned in a long time.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
My art is about expression, connection, and finding ways to capture moments in time. It’s about the feelings that are provoked by those moments and how to process them and transform them into something beautiful or intriguing. I create in a variety of mediums, including audio, film, and paint, and am always looking for new mediums to capture and convey the complex emotions of the human experience. Every step of the journey has taught me so much, and I strive to remain a student of the process as much as possible.
Right now the project I am most excited about is the Limo Dabs album, which was inspired by modern & future humans’ efforts to recreate the chemicals that define so much of our existence(Oxytocin, endorphins, serotonin, and dopamine), in a virtual environment. Featuring artwork that was created with an amazing graphic designer from Bali named Nanapartha, this project has been interlaced with a song called Oxytocin that exists as ten separate 42 seconds tracks which combine to become a seven-minute ode to connection, when properly aligned.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Once we leave the airport, our first stop is T Mama’s pizza in Aurora for some of their vegan pizza, cheese bread & empanadas. After picking up the food, we would eat lunch in one of Denver’s many scenic parks, and then go for a walk around the park, before making our into the city to explore some art galleries, and then a driving tour of some of the incredible murals throughout the city. After a brief rest, then it’s time for some evening entertainment at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom.
The next morning would begin at Watercourse, before heading up to the mountains to explore for a few days, searching for local fruit and vegetable stands, as well as arts and crafts, etc.
Once back in the city, we have to head to Broadway for sweet action ice cream, particularly the Stranahans Whiskey brickle for the non-vegans and an ice cream sandwich or one of their flavors of the day for the vegans. From there we would head down the block to the Mutiny Information Cafe to search for used books, music, and much more, and then stop by the Nooch vegan market for ingredients for a home-cooked meal.
The next day would have to have to begin at Denver Vegan Van, for some of their amazing breakfast offerings, before heading to the Santa Fe Art District and Denver Art Society, then on to the Denver Cat Company for a relaxing afternoon with all of their new cats and a good book.
The last day of the trip would require a trip to Piante Pizza, and then a stop by one of Denver’s numerous Tattoo establishments, such as Crimson Hilt or All Sacred Tattoo to commemorate the best week ever, then a stop by Walia’s Creamery on the way back to the airport.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My sister, Beth Frye. Since we were kids she has always been my compass, and voice of reason. She is the hardest working person I know and has dedicated so much of her life to taking care of others. Every day she inspires me to be a better person and is always there to listen, coach, and share knowledge.
Images By Tosha Frye