Deciphering the Ash of Effigies

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Little Accusations Charcoal On Paper 40″ X 28″ © Courtesy of the Artist and Anno Domini
Deciphering the Ash of Effigies

366 South First St.
San Jose, CA 95113
March 1st, 2013 - April 13th, 2013
Opening: March 1st, 2013 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Peninsula/South Bay
Tue-Fri 12-7; Sat 12-5; additional hours by appointment


Anno Domini presents...

Deciphering the Ash of Effigies
Joseph Loughborough (UK) solo exhibition

Honesty, expressionism and possibly exorcism can be read from Loughborough’s impulsive and intuitive rapid-fire mark making, which strive to grasp a comprehension of the human condition.

Drawing inspiration from various themes concerned with Camus/Kierkegaard's notion of ‘Absurdity.” Each drawing becomes story pursuing a standing point within the concept.

Lonely human forms seem to struggle and ponder the sporadically lit space they occupy without reaching the point of a dramatic emotional encounter. Couples and groups of people cling together searching for an antidote to the revelations of their existence.

Personifications of latent hopes and emotions wait in vain to be realized. No specific conclusions can be made to the meaning of the individual works aside from the acknowledgement and indulgence of image, expression and technique. This reflects absurdity’s philosophical model of observing our potentially meaningless existence without the sterilization of Nihilism. The irony of religious motifs act to enhance the awkward balance between secularism and religious hope that the characters depicted seem to grapple with.

Questions are frequently asked of the viewer about how we interpret our oft-untold fears and desires.

Joseph Loughborough (b. 1981) spent his formative years exploring the derelict boatyards and creeks of Portsmouth, on the south coast of the UK. After graduating from Portsmouth University he pursued interests in art, philosophy and skateboarding culture, living in London, Paris and currently Berlin.