Central to my work is a fascination with a dreamlike unreality where contiguity becomes the reigning principle. In this dreamworld dialectic, the innate and irresistible propensity to make connections drives discovery. Figures become either actors placed in vaguely familiar roles or witnesses to the action at hand. Others become part of a shadow world, sometimes made sinister and other times inactivated as they are engulfed in darkness or disappear into a diaphanous ether. One can’t quite work out purpose or structure but must instead abandon explication in favor of the exploration.
The hallmarks of narrativity, the recognizable way in which objects are rendered or arranged, the use of remotely familiar historical imagery, are all suggestive of a disjunctive narrative but deductive reasoning fails in the same way that dreams force us to navigate a landscape that is internally defined, at once familiar and strange. This use of narrative grammar combined with dissonant contiguity creates an autarchical world where the battles fought, struggles undertaken and dramas played out are all self contained. Much like the currency of our dream lives, the indirect language of contiguity; analogy, metaphor and simile are the lenses through which this world is viewed.
MFA University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. MFA, painting.
BFA Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. BFA, General Sculptural Studies.
2018 - The Next Step, Gallery 104, New York, NY
2017- All That Remains, Front Range Community College, Longmont, CO (solo)
2017- In Absentia, Rotunda Gallery, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, CO (solo)
2017- Matters on Paper, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO
2017- Arternative Facts, The Road Gallery, New York, NY
2017- Cloudlands, Albany International Airport Gallery, Denver, CO
2017- In Between Meetings, In Between Meetings, Lakewood, CO
2016- CROP: New Art from the Berkshires, Berkshire Art Association, Pittsfield, MA
2016- Open Opening, Counterpath, Denver, CO
2015- Into This Valley of Hands, C Gallery, North Adams, MA (solo)
2014- The Seed, Chashama Gallery , New York, NY
2014- Friends Contemporary, PHILLIPS de PURY, New York, NY
2013- TEN SPOT, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA
2012- COVET, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2012- The End of Histories, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA
2012- We Dream in the Daytime Too, Descry Art Projects at Photobooth SF, San Francisco, CA
2011- GLIMPSE: Enigmatic Visions, William Bennett Gallery , New York, NY
Curator: Alessia Maiuri
2011- When Your Leg Spends the Night in the Water, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2011- 100 Hours in the Woodshed: Collage Biennial, MCLA Gallery51, North Adams, MA
2010- Small Wonders , Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
2010- Spectacular Sights, Gallery KG52, Stockholm, Sweden
2010- Emerging Artists, Daniel Cooney Fine Art , Chelsea, NYC
2009- Shameless Self Promotion, University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2009- Art Bazaar, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2009- SCORED! , Berkshire Fringe Festival, Great Barrington, MA
2009- On Shores of Pitch, Downstreet Art, North Adams, MA
2009- 200 Lincolns, Chicago Art Deprartment, Chicago, IL
2009- Woodshed II: The Next Hundred Hours, MCLA Gallery51, North Adams, MA
2008- Mapping the Invisible , MCLA Gallery51, North Adams, MA
2008- Get Out of Jail Free, Marin Arts Council, San Rafael, California
2008- RED DOT Art Fair, NYC , with Brenda Taylor Gallery, NYC
2007- Contemporary Berkshires , Kolok Gallery, North Adams, MA
2007- The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, apexart, Tribeca, NYC
2007- Second Coming, Kolok Gallery, North Adams, Massachusetts
2007- Angels and Demons, Annual National Juried Competition, UAG Gallery, Albany, New York
2007- Square Foot Show , Art Gotham, Chelsea, NYC
2006- Anonyme Zeichner 3, bluetenweiss, Berlin, Germany
Curator: Anke Becker
MFA- 2012University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. MFA, painting.
BFA- 1996 Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. BFA, General Sculptural Studies. Double Minor, Art History and Poetry. Summa Cum Laude.
Degree- 1992 Pinellas County Center for the Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida. Four-Year Fine Arts School.
GUEST ARTIST | LECTURES | PANELS
2012- Guest Lecturer, Tricks of the Trade: Political Art, IS183, Stockbridge, MA
2012- Guest Contributor, New American Paintings
2010-12 Guest Lecturer, B-HIP Arts Management Program, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
2007- Panelist, MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, North Adams, MA
1996- Visiting Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
1995- Guest Speaker, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
Division of Cultural Affairs, Burlington County New Jersey
2008, David McLaughlin, "Inside the Berkshires", Pentacle Press
2008, Georgia Fee, "Interview with Joshua Field", ArtSlant
2007, John E. Mitchell, "Mr. Field's Amazing Cabinet of Wonders", The Transcript