Very Concerned, Somewhat Concerned, Not at all Concerned
Joshua Callaghan's interdisciplinary work is often a mix of wit, dark humor and critique of American material culture. For his debut at Bank, Callaghan culls together found material to create abstract sculptures of graphs and charts mapping a variety of data. These linear geometric forms can easily be dismissed as homage to minimalist object making until the titles reveal their true identity. The sculptures are pictorial devices measuring human behavior, cultural garbage, political strife and so on. This exhibition is as much a collection of ideas about how our cultural defines itself through statistics as a collection of formal propositions.
The impulse behind this body of work can be clearly traced to the context from which it emerged; looming pessimism, economic insecurity, and a sense of helplessness in the face of the inertia of a civilization moving toward certain collapse. In compensation comes the absurd and arrogant feeling of privilege of being a witness to that collapse, an impulse that must be common to many individuals throughout cultures and history who sense they are living in the downward slope of a statistical arc.
Joshua Callaghan has exhibited internationally at venues including the UC Riverside Sweeney Gallery, The Guggenheim Gallery of Chapman University, and LA Louver in Los Angeles. His videos have been shown at museums and film festivals around the world and he has completed a series of public projects in Southern California. Callaghan is the recipient of a Fulbright Grant, holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Asheville and a MFA in New Genres from UCLA. He is based in Los Angeles.