My guest this week is artist Josh Blackwell. He recently curated a show at Zurcher Gallery in new york city called, “Underemployed.” The show takes as its inspiration an essay by Oscar Wilde, which argues that art suffers when it is obliged to reflect and regurgitate the images and logic of the reality and culture that govern our daily lives. Instead, Josh set out in search of works that reveal the potential for alternative realities and the fantastical logic contained in the materials and objects we encounter every day.
Included in the show is some of Josh’s own work , a series he calls Plastic Baskets. For these pieces, Josh collages discarded plastic deli and supermarket bags and then sews into them using thick colored yarn. The resulting pieces appear simultaneously delicate and durable, and reflect a hybrid of techniques and influences including basket weaving, minimalism and abstract painting.
I sat down with Josh in his studio in Bushwick to talk about his exhibition and his work.
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Mary Lum (foreground) and B Wurtz
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