"Let Go."

Installation by Josh Black
Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery, Center for the Arts
February 12 - March 8, 2016

There will be an Artist's Talk on Thursday, February 11th, 2016 beginning at 7:00pm in Center for the Arts, Room 203. There will also be a gallery reception on Friday, February 12th, 2016 at 4:00pm in the Kristin Wigley-Fleming Fine Arts Gallery. All are welcome to attend both events.

Josh Black

Josh Black began his formal artistic training by attending L'Academia di Bella Arte in Florence, Italy in 2003, followed by earning a BFA in Printmaking from Sonoma State University (Rohnert Park, CA) in 2005. In 2010 he received his MA, followed by his MFA in Sculpture (with a minor in Printmaking) in 2011 from the School of Art and Art History at The University of Iowa. He has had many solo and group shows across the United States and in Florence, Italy.

For more information about Josh Black and his work, please visit his personal website.

Artist Statement

"Everyone experiences transitions, ups and downs, love and turmoil, where even the most trivial of changes can at the time feel momentous. In effort to process these changes we attempt to contemplate, often neurotically, how they impact our lives.

My work is a visual stage for introspection; a response to events I experience. The better we can process and think through these situations, the better we can understand how to deal with the effect they will have on our lives.  I make objects, environments and installations whose goal is to provide a space that induces clarity.

I build the environments specifically to fulfill a need for myself, but find that the spaces are frequently, though not always, one’s that others can also gain a similar benefit from.  In either case, the viewer being aware of my intent for the space hopefully encourages him or her to think further about their own spatial needs when going through periods of self-reflection, stressing the importance of one’s own environment and activities when going through trying times.

The material choice in my work also caters to the specific time in my life, influenced by the region I reside in or recently traveled through. Many of the environments I construct contain objects that almost border on the cliché, such as placing a yoga mat in a space designed for contemplation. However, I find these materials often fulfill their clichéd function (possibly due to some level of societal conditioning), such as using car air-fresheners as a means to reduce unwanted olfactory input that could interfere with my will to not be distracted in any sensory capacity. As such distractions are rampant in one's daily life, I find that creating a refuge from them in the pursuit of clarity is a practice that has served me in the past, and one hopefully others too will be able to learn from."

-Josh Black

2015-2016 Josh Black