Dallas and Shreveport

Open now! RO2 Art is exhibiting nine of my paintings in Dallas at the Magnolia. “As Is Was” will be up September 19 – October 17.  Click here for more info.

 

Meanwhile in Shreveport: “let’s use our words” is open and available to visit at Artspace in Shreveport, Tuesday – Friday 10:00AM – 5:00PM : Saturday 12:00PM – 5:00PM. Click here for more info. 

Check out more work at Graphite Galleries, and The Agora Borealis.

3 events, 1 night

Come out to artspace tomorrow night 5 pm – 8 pm for three events in one place!

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let’s use our words – The Art of Joshua Chambers

“let’s use our words” exhibition by Critical MASS 6 Visual Best of Show Artist Joshua Chambers in MainSpace @artspace. This exhibition from the top visual artist chosen from hundreds across ten Northwest Louisiana parishes will include large-scale paintings on panels and a collection of 7.5” x 9” pieces each illuminating a different letter of our popular and familiar ABCs.

 

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Don’t Look Away – The Poetry of Katie Bickham

“Don’t Look Away” exhibition by Critical MASS 6 Literary Best of Show Artist Katie Bickham on the Mezzanine at artspace. This exhibition will feature five never-before-seen poems by Bickham displayed alongside illustrated representations commissioned by Bickham from Northwest Louisiana Artists Jazmin Jernigan, Kelly McDade, Lilly Thompson, Susan Abney and Paige Powell.

 

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Collector’s Eye Exhibition

This exhibition offers a unique glimpse into the collectible art of several who collect from locals across Northwest Louisiana. A few of the artists to be featured include Christine Bailey, Mark Burt, Marilyn Couch, Bertha Harris, Ron Smith, and Mike Torma. The work being shown exemplifies the high caliber of Art being produced across this 10-Parish region and available to anyone interested in becoming a collector.

upcoming exhibition

 

I have a new solo exhibition opening Thursday, August 30th. “let’s use our words” will include several new paintings on wood panel and a collection of 7.5” x 9” pieces each illuminating a different letter of the alphabet.

“hold me” acrylic on wood panel, 23×23

When: Thursday, August 30 from 5 PM – 8 PM

Where: Artspace 708 Texas St, Shreveport, LA 71101

Exhibition Dates: August 30 through October 13

More information about the event can be found here.

 

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.