Artist Statement | Broad Overview |
Joshua appreciates the aesthetic traditions and character traits of the print medium. He often employs the matrix as a system to pull variable and unique impressions from, rather than an edition. During this journey, he prefers the act of responding to the unexpected moment – an errant mark or residue from foul biting – rather than maintaining full and complete control. As he actively flirts with disaster, Josh moves beyond preconceived notions regarding the development of the image and logical/sequential narrative, achieving a kind of reckless abandon which allows him to forge unforeseen imagery, beyond the limits of his control.
Artist Statement | Post-Merger Series |
The prints from the Post-Merger series are effectively monoprints, with many unconventional variations pulled from the blocks. The flowing graffiti-esque marks were printed as a traditional 4-layer, hand-cut reduction woodcut, on birch plywood. Unsatisfied with the final result, the print was captured and a digital file of the negative spaces was created. Inside of these biomorphic negative spaces, an image of a building facade and door was laser-engraved into another birch panel. This second, photo-based block, printed in black, with photo imagery nestling into the negative spaces of the reduction woodcut. The final outcome is a powerful marriage of digital and analog approaches; the reverse engineering is both exacting and surprising.
Works in this gallery span 2007-17