Survival, altered space, spectacle, and the human condition are common themes found in my Art practice. Often I blur 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 everyday life. Similar approaches to audience engagement happen at rock n roll concerts and pro wrestling events. I use cultural detritus as a point of departure. The inherited meanings found within caste off objects combined with a temporal artistic sensibility creates a liminal space that frames contemporary American mythologies and rituals. Through this technique I aim to bring people together and celebrate the common ground we all share.

Josh Graduated with an MFA from UC Davis 2009. He was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation grant, and a graduate fellowship at the Headlands Center for the Arts in 2010. Joshua has had several solo exhibits including: the Bedford Gallery, Johansson Projects, The San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery and the Exploratorium. Josh has been a 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”.

In the Summer of 2011, Joshua Short and Joel Stockdill was asked to build a Stronghold at the DiRosa Preserve as part of the Zombie Proof House exhibit. The Duo, decided to explore the concept of camouflage, built a survival shelter disguised as a plane crash. Made from found lumber, cardboard and old canvas billboards, the Stronghold: Fight or Flight contained some new features like a nitro-powered Rat Hunter vr.2, various surveillance tools, and a micro powered radio station. The crew also built a composting toilet/shrine to the Vulture Gods inside the gallery space.

Stronghold #2 by Inka Hoots. from joshua Short on Vimeo.