the mirror of another

at times he repeated lines to himself / and this consoled him, acrylic on wood panel, 39×39

Happy New Year! I’m kicking off 2018 with a January exhibition!

the mirror of another

Ruston Artisans, 2013 W Alabama Ave, Ruston, Lousiana (318) 254-3322

January 4-26, 10am-5pm Wednesday – Friday

Reception: January 5, 6pm-8pm

 

Who doesn’t love a good story? And, who better to tell it than an artist? Ruston Artisans is excited to announce their fourth exhibition since opening in October of 2017, and even more excited to announce that Joshua Chambers will be the featured artist. the mirror of another exhibition will be held at 203 W. Alabama in Ruston, LA and runs from January 4th through January 26th, 2017. A public reception will be held from 6:00-8:00 pm on January 5th to welcome Joshua back to Ruston.

Joshua Chambers is a painter who works in acrylic, pen & ink and printmaking. Described as elusive and happily odd, Joshua’s narrative works echo the philosophy of absurdist playwrights and deconstructed sets. Receiving his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University in 2009 and his Bachelors of Art from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma, Joshua’s work has been published in New American Paintings, Creative Quarterly, and Studio Visit Magazine. Chambers work can currently be found in Graphite Galleries in New Orleans, Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, and The Agora Borealis in Shreveport Louisiana. His works are in the permanent collections of the Masur Museum of Art in Louisiana, the Lessedra Gallery in Bulgaria, and numerous private collections. Chambers lives in Bossier Parish with his wife Leigh Anne and their daughter Sophia.
When asked about his art, Joshua said, “We use stories to define us. To better understand ourselves, sometimes we appropriate stories from a wider social sphere folding their arch and moral into our own narrative. In doing so we use those stories to better understand ourselves by drawing parallels between ourselves and the characters of the story. We discover conflicts and find likenesses with the literary or religious traditions that often use parabolic characters and their symbolic actions to explore the process of being human. I create images that begin from an autobiographical point and morph into scenes in which characters and objects of broad cultural references interact within cryptic tableaus. When approaching the work the viewer has to pour a part of themselves into the story to inform the narrative within each scene and define each character’s agency and circumstances.”
“I first experienced Joshua’s art when he exhibited at ULM a couple of months ago. It was delightful. It was whimsical, insightful, thought-provoking, and just plain fun. His art will definitely brighten up your winter,” said Judi Null, the Gallery’s Director.
Todd Maggio, Ruston Artisans Creative Director is working with Joshua to create a unique exhibit that mirrors the artwork. “I am particularly drawn to aspects of his work that incorporate the language of graphic design; isolated imagery on gradient backgrounds with solitary lines of text combine masterfully to convey a deeper narrative. While this process may be complex, its effect remains accessible and relevant. Joshua is an important contemporary voice in North Louisiana.
Ruston Artisans is located at 203 W Alabama Avenue in historic downtown Ruston, Louisiana. The multipurpose gallery offers a new, thoughtful, and visually stimulating exhibit each month. There is always a featured artist as well as accompanying artisans. In addition, there is an art workshop every Monday, and informative community-orientated social events planned for each Tuesday as well as throughout the month. Services include Artist Representation, Events and Event Planning, and Gallery Rental and Tours. Opportunities are available for Artists, Community Initiatives, Internship, Event and Exhibit Sponsorship, Membership and Artist Support.
For more information about our exhibit, please call Ruston Artisans at 318-254-3322 or email art@rustonartisans.com.

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