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Joshua Field

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He Returned But There Was Nothing, 2009 Oil, Acrylic on Canvas 18 X 36 Inches
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No Hope for the Fallen, 2009 Oil, Acrylic, Charcoal, on Canvas 30 X 40 Inches
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She was Lost to Them, 2009 Oil, Acrylic, Charcoal on Canvas 24 X 22 Inches
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The Tragedy of False Hope, 2009
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Ariadne’s Borrowed Thread, 2008 Oil, Acrylic, Charcoal, Gouache on Canvas 48x72
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In the Minds of the Wicked, In the Minds of the Just , 2007 Oil, Acrylic, Charcoal, Gouache on Canvas 30x40
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Wunderkammer: New Paintings by Joshua Field
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Wunderkammer: New Paintings by Joshua Field
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Doris Discovers Wealth and Beauty Just Before Dying, 2007 Oil, Acrylic, Charcoal, Aluminum Paint, Gouache on Canvas 30x40
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Wunderkammer: New Paintings by Joshua Field
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Wunderkammer: New Paintings by Joshua Field
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Wunderkammer: New Paintings by Joshua Field
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No Other Answer was Possible (Pilgrimage Triptych), 2008 12" X 111"
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Mapping the Invisible
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Mapping the Invisible-Window display, 2008
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Mapping the Invisible, 2008
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Mapping the Invisible, 2008
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The Go Between and Arabella’s Explicit Rhetorical : Nocturne, 2008 Acrylic, Oil, Gouache, Charcoal on Canvas 25 X 50 © Joshua Field
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The Swift and the Decisive, 2009 Oil, Acrylic, Charcoal, Gouache on Canvas 18 X 36 © Joshua Field
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The Long Traverse, 2010 Mixed Media on Sythetic Fabric 40 X 60
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Quick Facts
Birthplace
USA
Birth year
1973
Lives in
Denver, CO
Works in
North Adams, MA
Schools
MICA (Maryland Institute College of Art), BFA
University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MFA
Representing galleries
Tags
mixed-media, surrealism
Statement

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.


EDUCATION

MFA   University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. MFA, painting.

BFA

 

Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. BFA, General Sculptural Studies.

RECENT EXHIBITIONS

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
2013 100 Hours in the Woodshed , MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA
Curator: Susan Cross, MASS MoCA
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
Curators: Chelsea Rae Klein, Descry Art Projects and Gregory Bartlett, The Spare Room Projectam

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 Cultural Corridor , Storefront Artists Project , Pittsfield, MA
Curator: Susan Cross, MASS MoCA
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 Fairy Tale, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Curator: Tomoko Ashikawa, Artists Space
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
2008 WUNDERKAMMER: New Paintings by Joshua Field, Kolok Gallery, North Adams, MA
Solo Exhibition [Read review by John Mitchell]
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 Get Out of Jail Free Benefit, Visual Aid, San Francisco, California
Curator: Maysoun Wazwaz, Southern Exposure
2007 Square Foot Show , Art Gotham, Chelsea, NYC
2007 Suckers and Biters: Love, Lollipops, and the Exquisite Corpse, AdHoc Art, Brooklyn, New York
Curator: Jeff White, Museum of Modern Art, NYC

2006

Anonyme Zeichner 3, bluetenweiss, Berlin, Germany
Curator: Anke Becker