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Josh Almond

August 30 - September 28

 
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Josh Almond

These intricate sculptures with their pristinely carved forms convey an impression of scientific objectivity, while their large even monumental scale creates a contradictory sense of intimacy and wonder.

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I work primarily in wood to create abstract landscapes and large-scale sculptural forms that address themes of beauty, corruption and loss.  Informed by an interest in cell biology and genetic mutation, my work exists in the intersection between art, science, and philosophy. Drawing upon nature for inspiration, I use the abstracted morphology of both biological and geological structures as a vehicle for artistic expression, exploring the idea of the body as landscape.  Intentionally ambiguous, the resulting expressive forms are at once familiar and exotic.  Often playing with the tension that exists in the struggle of opposites (positive and negative, constraint and abandon), I seek to accentuate the tenuous balance between order and chaos.  Representational elements inhabit eroded, desiccated landscapes, while in other areas thorny protrusions pierce the surface.  Negative spaces, reminiscent at times of riverbeds or veins, often seem to struggle ineffectually against the precise, smooth areas surrounding them.  These intricate sculptures with their pristinely carved forms convey an impression of scientific objectivity, while their large even monumental scale creates a contradictory sense of intimacy and wonder - by Josh Almond.

Artist Bio:

Josh Almond works primarily in wood to create abstract landscapes and large-scale sculptural forms.  His sculptures have been featured in solo exhibitions at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee, the Alice and William Jenkins Gallery at the Crealde School of Art in Winter Park, Florida, the Burnell Roberts Gallery at Sinclair Community College in Dayton, Ohio, and the Coconino Center for the Arts in Flagstaff, Arizona, among others.  He has also participated in a number of group exhibitions including the 60th Annual All-Florida Juried Exhibition at the Boca Raton Museum of Art and the Fine Contemporary Crafts National Juried Exhibitionat Artspace in Raleigh, North Carolina.  A recipient of the Loew Cornell Award and a Nathan Cummings Fellowship, his work has been purchased into the permanent collection of the Darden Corporation.

 

Josh currently serves as an Assistant Professor at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida.  He teaches a variety of sculpture and furniture design courses and a rotating selection of special topics classes that focus on contemporary sculptural practice.  In the fall of 2102, he received the Cornell Distinguished Faculty award, the highest honor given by the faculty of Rollins College.

 

Josh holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and a Master of Fine Arts degree in Wood from the Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.

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