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Joshua Harris
updated: 08/06/2009
website: joshharrisstudio.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
Artwork Title
art-medium
art-year
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Ghost Walls I
Descending Towers March
Descending Tower
Descending Tower
Nomadic Monument
Thank you Come Again
Nomadic Monument I
Noble Savage
Consolation of Solitude, Palais Royale, Paris, France
Consolation of Solitude, Study 1 of 3
Order Disrupted
Desire for Spring
Nomadic Bed
Rain Catcher
The Bitch Upstairs
 
Portfolio Keywords:  architecture, childhood, fantasy, domestic, figurative, landscape, urban, spiritual, site-specific, books
 
 
Ghost Walls I by Joshua Harris
Ghost Walls I
Mixed Media
2009
Dimensions variable
Descending Towers March by Joshua Harris
Descending Towers March
Google Sketch Up
2009
Dimensions variable
Descending Tower by Joshua Harris
Descending Tower
Wood and PAper
Saphan Thaksin Bridge, Bangkok, Thailans, 2008
Dimensions variable
Descending Tower by Joshua Harris
Descending Tower
Ink Mural and Sculpture Installation
OCAC Gallery Bangkok, February 2007
Dimensions variable
Nomadic Monument by Joshua Harris
Nomadic Monument
Ink on Wall,
February 2007, OCAC Gallery, Bangkok Thailand
Dimensions variable
Thank you Come Again by Joshua Harris
Thank you Come Again
Wood and Canvas
2008
Dimensions variable
Nomadic Monument I by Joshua Harris
Nomadic Monument I
Wood
2006
Dimensions variable
Noble Savage by Joshua Harris
Noble Savage
Ink on Paper, Accordian Book
2007
10 " x  20" "  x 5/8 " 
Consolation of Solitude, Palais Royale, Paris, France by Joshua Harris
Consolation of Solitude, Palais Royale, Paris, France
Wood and Paper
2007
Dimensions variable
Consolation of Solitude, Study 1 of 3 by Joshua Harris
Consolation of Solitude, Study 1 of 3
Ink on Paper
2006
17" x  14" 
Order Disrupted by Joshua Harris
Order Disrupted
3 Color Reduction Woodblock, Linoleum and photopolymer plate printed on Japanese Paper
2005
15" x  21" 
Desire for Spring by Joshua Harris
Desire for Spring
Ink and Tea on Chinese Rice Paper, bed linens
2005
76" x  19" 
Nomadic Bed by Joshua Harris
Nomadic Bed
Ink on Paper
2006
20" x  15" 
Rain Catcher by Joshua Harris
Rain Catcher
Ink and Gouache on Watercolor Paper
2006
40" x  20" 
The Bitch Upstairs by Joshua Harris
The Bitch Upstairs
Ink and Gouache on Watercolor Paper
2006
20" x  40" 

Artist Statement

Monuments serve as symbols of desire for immortality. They suggest a fear of being forgotten and attempt to reinforce and preserve civic memory, but also function to organize public space and to help people find their orientation. In both cases they try to help us feel more secure about who and where we are. My recent work addresses the challenge of trying to abandon this sense of comfort and security from familiarity and permanence, and to find comfort in the ephemeral.

The work Nomadic Monuments is a series of portable sculptures I produced in response to a recent period of my life when I was constantly re-locating from one city to another. The desire is to find comfort wherever I am. I incorporate Nomadic ideas as inspiration to challenge urban thought, but also as a means of display, transport, and presentation. The ritual of assembling and de-assembling each work in different public spaces imbues me with a sense of purpose and place. The forms of the sculptures draw inspiration from the physical symbols of personal space such as the bed frame and the surrounding walls. The paper folding screens are reminders of the fragility of the walls we build to protect us. The screens create an intimate space within an open area and function as temporary partitions to divide, to conceal, and to protect.

My most recent work Consolation of Solitude confronts the challenge of trying to enter the personal space of someone else. The history and permanent place of everything we have built around ourselves is our intimate source of protection and strength. How do we share the subtlety and privacy of personal history with others so they do not disturb the source of our stability and sense of balance? The fragile yet resilient capacity of the paper walls and hinges reflects the vulnerability inherent when we begin to reveal our more intimate thoughts. My work is an expression to the viewers of my attempt to understand the source of their susceptibility. How do we balance the desire and fear of intimacy with the security and comfort of isolation?

 

Artist Bio / CV
EDUCATION:

1995-99 B.A., Honors, Wesleyan University, Middletown, CT
1997 Fall Semester Abroad, Temple University, Rome, Italy
1994 National Academy of Art and Design, New York, NY

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:

2008 A Season in Refuge: Nomadic Monuments by Joshua Harris, OCAC Gallery, Ministry of Culture Thailand. Bangkok, Feb. 8th– Feb. 29th, 2008.

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:


2007 Written on the Wind: The Flag Project, The Rubin Museum of Tibetan Art, New York, NY. September 14 - February 11, 2008
Sustenance, ArtHarlem presents 15 artists living and working in Harlem, The Next Gallery, Metropolitan College, New York, Sept. 12 – Oct. 26
(un)Contained Vessels, The Center for Book Arts,
New York, July 12 -September 15
The Action/Interaction: Book/Arts Exhibition, Columbia College
Chicago Center for Book & Paper Arts, Illinois, June 8 – August 29

2006 Perspectives: Contemporary Asian Art, Culture, Identity, Community Folk Art Center, Syracuse University, Aug. 26 – Oct 21
Art Harlem: Macy Gallery, Columbia University Teachers College
New York, June 12-26

2005 Featured Artist Series: The Center for Book Arts, Feb-Mar,
2003 Defiance: Udi Alone Project Space, Group Show, Mar-Feb,
2001 Reactions: Exit Art, April 3 – 27, NY, NY

AWARDS

 2005 Limited Edition Print: Commissioned by the Center for Book Arts
2004 Emerging Artist Residency: The Center for Book Arts, Oct-Dec, NY
2002 Asia Society Travel Grant: Ganges River, India, June
1995 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, Two Regional Gold Keys
(Painting) and National Silver Key (poetry), New York, NY and
Washington, D.C

PUBLICATIONS:
2008 Poshyananda, Apinan, ed. A Season in Refuge: Nomadic Monuments by Josh Harris, Bangkok, Thailand. Office of Contemporary Art and Culture, January 2008
Pholdhampalit, Khetsirin, “Life Keeps Collapsing. Foundations of
permanence and familiarity fold to nothing in the sculptures of Joshua Harris
”, The Nation [Bangkok] 14 Feb. 2008. Life A1+p.8
Guselli, Lachlan, “Bringing Cities to Life”, Bangkok Post, 14 Feb. 2008. Outlook p. 8.
Flag Project, Contemporary Artists Celebrate the Opening of a New Museum, The Rubin Museum 2007, p. 93