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Statement
Joshua’s work blurs the line between audience, artwork and performer, inviting the viewer to complete the art.  The action of entering into the art work as a participant generates a more authentic experience by suspending the social filters that we carry into the everyday life. Short uses cultural detritus as a point of departure. The inherited meanings found within caste off objects combined with his artistic sensibilities creates a altered space that frames contemporary American mythologies and rituals.

BIO
Josh Graduated with an MFA from UC Davis 2009. He was awarded a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and a graduate fellowship at The Headlands Center for the Arts in 2010. Joshua has had several solo exhibits at venues at the Bedford Gallery, Johansson Projects, The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and the Exploratorium. Josh has been an resident artist at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Yaddo, Joan Mitchell Center, and Crosstown Arts. He regularly tours the country operating his Low Powered FM radio project “Bomb Shelter Radio”.
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Mark IN OMAHA 2017 JOSH AND LUCILLE
Control Room Systems is an site specific installation made for Johannson Projects in Oakland CA. Joshua built a "Safe room" in the gallery which contained several surveillance units, sleeping quarters and a month supply of provisions. Within the control room the viewer could surveil the mock gallery space, make coffee, or whip up some canned foods if they got hungry. They could even crawl under the control console and take a nap.
Surveillance cameras were "Hidden" with all of the artwork on view.

Control Room Systems Infomercial from joshua Short on Vimeo.