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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”.
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Mark IN OMAHA 2017 JOSH AND LUCILLE
TAOSBURG is a site specific installation created at Imagine Childrens Museum in July 2023 over the course of 5 days. Our aim was to createa sort of Psychogeography of Taos that illustrates historical landmarks of the past, and present that help create the dynamic community of Taos, NM.
TOASBURG was created by Josh Short and Courtney Lain. 


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