further

If you missed the first opportunity to see the installation pieces at the Meadows Museum of Art, you have another chance. Saturday, July 14 11-3pm Further will be open to the public again. Bring the kids and get mindful with Little You Yoga. Shiver Shack Shaved Ice will cool us all down until 1:30 with their delightful treats. This every age event is free and open to all.

 

he finally owned himself, acrylic on shaped wood, glass, water, vinyl, rubber, and hose, 144x492x86

 

he wanted to know her better, acrylic on shaped wood and wire, 144x492x86

 

I’ve also updated the website to include new works for this year, including most of the “sad alphabet” series. Be sure to attend my solo exhibition at Artspace in Shreveport on August 30th to see all the new work in person.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

two shows this summer

I have two exhibitions this summer that’ll be full of all new work. Up first is Further: Joshua Chambers, Thom Johnson, and Paige Powell at the Meadows Museum of Art. The opening reception is part of the Midsummer Museum Crawl on June 22. Click on the image below for more information.

The second show will open at the end of August at Artspace. I’ll have more information as the date approaches, so stay tuned.

In the meantime be sure to stop by Graphite Galleries in New Orleans, Ann Connelly Fine Art in Baton Rouge, and The Agora Borealis in Shreveport.

website updated!

liberation is costly / put yourself inside, acrylic on wood panel, 29×23

Good news! I’ve added 5 new pieces to the website for 2018, with more to come in the next few weeks. Also, on March 2, one of my paintings was awarded best in show at Critical Mass 6 by art critic Alicia Eler. Alicia is the author of The Selfie Generation: How Our Self-Images Are Changing Our Notions of Privacy, Sex, Consent, and Culture. She is the visual art critic/arts reporter at the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Her cultural criticism and reporting are published in the GuardianGLAMOURHarper’s Bazaar, New York MagazineCNNLA WeeklyChicago TribuneChicago Sun-TimesNew InquiryHyperallergicApertureMAXIMArt21 Magazine, and Artforum. Her work is quoted in New York TimesNew YorkerThe AtlanticLe MondePerez HiltonBuzzFeed and Gawker (RIP). Eler is cited as a selfie expert in WIRED Magazine, BBC, Washington Post and New York Magazine. You can see more of what Alicia is up to here.

Here is the piece that received the award:

aim as far as possible, gouache on paper, 12×12

 

 

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.

laughter is a risk

My solo show “Laughter is A Risk (and other struggles we choose for ourselves)” at the Bry Art Gallery will open to the public October 9 through November 2 with a reception on October 12, 5-7pm in conjunction with ULM Art Crawl. Gallery hours: Mon.-Thurs. 8-4:30, Fri. 8-11:30.

New images have been added to my website, and below are a few of the pieces that will be in the show.

affected by errors due to physical causes / and the windows and doors were covered in this way, acrylic on wood panel, 35×29

there are things i wish i could remember fondly / it hasn’t been that long, acrylic on wood panel, 29×35

the boy’s last hope / the result is that of an impression of continuous motion, acrylic on wood panel, 23×29

as long as life lasts / a few moments of awkward silence, acrylic on wood panel, 29×23

she was alone but she preferred him away / motions which differ slightly in their timing, acrylic on wood panel, 29×23

it’s a life of almosts / it costs all that we are, acrylic on wood panel, 23×29

 

new work, and a new show in October

I’ll be exhibiting several new works in October. The Bry Art Gallery at the University of Louisiana Monroe will host “Laughter is a Risk (and other struggles we choose for ourselves)” October 9 – November 2. A reception will take place Thursday, October 12, 5-7pm in conjunction with the ULM Art Crawl.

I’ve also added several new pieces to the website. Below are a few of the new works:

i find myself referred to / a consolation prize for decline
acrylic on wood panel, 35×17

take and take and take and take / someone might take my place
acrylic on wood panel, 35×17

what are you trying to catch?
gouache on paper, 12×12

with consequent deflection of their path towards the center
gouache on paper, 12×11

 

Other places to see and purchase my work:

Graphite Galleries, New Orleans

Agora Borealis, Shreveport 

Ann Connelly Fine Art, Baton Rouge

 

new work and the new south

Since the last update, I’ve added three new paintings to my website.

I also have two pieces included in The New South II April 21 – June 2, 2017. The New South II explores the contemporary South through the perspectives of 39 artists living and working throughout the Southeast. From over 850 submitted artworks, 52 pieces were selected for the exhibition.

Overseeing the selection process this year are Executive Director of Atlanta Contemporary, Veronica Kessenich and Director of the Welch School of Art & Design of Georgia State University, Michael White. Veronica Kessenich, an Atlanta native, has been working in the arts for over thirteen years and was hired as Executive Director of Atlanta Contemporary in July 2015 after serving for two years as the organization’s Development Director. As Director of the Welch School of Art & Design of Georgia State University, Michael White has overseen the growth of the program to nearly 1,000 majors across ten disciplines and five different undergraduate and graduate degrees. With over 50,000 students, Georgia State is the largest university in the state.

The New South II Artists:

NICK ADAMS, LEE ARNETT, JAMAAL BARBER, BUZZ BUSBEE, DIMELZA BROCHE, JOE CAMOOSA, KARA CARTER, JOSHUA CHAMBERS, KATELYN CHAPMAN, VALENTINA CUSTER O’ROARK, ANDREW DECAEN, ELYSE DEFOOR, DIANE DAVIS, JOE DREHER, WILL ESKRIDGE, DAVID GABBARD, CANAAN GRIFFIN, ROXANE HOLLOSI, GREG HOWSER, ALEA HURST, JAIME JOHNSON, AXELLE KIEFFER, IVY KILPATRICK, DIEGO LASANSKY, JESSICA LOCKLAR, MIA MERLIN, ANDREW MUÑOZ, LYNX NGUYEN, RAOUL PACHECO, STEPHEN PAYNE, STEPHEN PHILMS, KEITH ROSEMOND, ANNA SCARBROUGH, AMBER SINGLETON, SPENCER SLOAN, FREDA SUE, CHARLIE WATTS, ALEX WILLIAMS, NIKI ZARRABI

TNSII Promo 3

KAI LIN ART is a contemporary art gallery founded in 2008 by Yu-Kai Lin and based in Atlanta’s booming West Midtown Arts District. The mission of the gallery is to cultivate creativity, connection, and conversation through art. Dedicated to promoting emerging and established artists in the Southeast and beyond, the gallery maintains an accelerated program with new exhibitions every six to eight weeks. Kai Lin Art is free and open to the public Wednesday through Saturday and by appointment. Located at 999 Brady Avenue NW Suite 7 Atlanta Georgia 30318.

New Orleans has new work

Fifteen paintings have arrived at Graphite Galleries in New Orleans. Visit the gallery in April to see all of my new work. These three are included in the bunch, so be sure to come by and see them in person.

they do not converge and cannot produce a real / it’ll never belong to you, acrylic on wood panel, 45×60

 

last year’s confession came easily to the lips / does she blame him?, acrylic on wood panel, 35×45

 

trying to figure out what makes him human / she waits for him to hear, acrylic on wood panel, 60×35

 

delivery to New Orleans soon

These three new paintings, along with several others, will arrive in New Orleans later this month. Stayed tuned for more updates so you’ll know when to drop by Graphite Galleries to see the work in person.

if only you could change a little more / try again, acrylic on wood panel, 21x14

if only you could change a little more / try again, acrylic on wood panel, 21×14

if this is going to work we have to stop caring / i'm asking for so little, acrylic on wood panel, 29x23

if this is going to work we have to stop caring / i’m asking for so little, acrylic on wood panel, 29×23

thanks for making me aware of what i am not / we exchanged a few words lazily, acrylic on wood panel, 29x23

thanks for making me aware of what i am not / we exchanged a few words lazily, acrylic on wood panel, 29×23