Reveling in the suburban panic punctuated by an hysterical self-help culture, compulsion toward decoration, and docudramatic tragedy, Josh Faught’s current work uses elements of textiles, collage, sculpture, and painting to triangulate between a space that negotiates the history of textiles, a social/political history, and personal history.
These mythologized reconfigurations respond to ongoing interests surrounding possibilities in narrative between object, ornamentation, sexual difference, desire, and the site of domestic dysfunction. The objects in Faught’s work are often twins, explicit or sometimes tacit doppelgangers shadowing each other.
Performing or sublimating a “fabulous” sense of isolation or disconnectedness, these objects borrow an expressive vernacular from the art fabric movement; a moment where threads were not to be walked upon or worn but could, by contrast, ventriloquize a sense of political urgency and delineate the presence of our bodies and our neurosis.
Faught has exhibited his work in numerous venues internationally. Recent solo museum exhibitions include a site-specific installation at the Neptune Society Columbarium as part of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art SECA Art Award Exhibition; the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (both 2013); and the Seattle Art Museum in conjunction with his Betty Bowen Award (2009). Solo exhibitions also include Kendal Koppe Gallery, Glasgow (2014), and Launch Pad, London (2014), Lisa Cooley, New York (2010 and 2012) and Western Bridge, Seattle (2010). His work appeared in numerous group exhibitions, including at the Emily Foundation for the Arts, New York, the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (both 2014), Grazer Kunstverein, Austria, Oakville Galleries, Ontario (both 2013). Currently his work is in the group exhibition, Fiber: Sculpture 1960- Present at the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston, which will travel to the Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio and Des Moines Art Center, Iowa. His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, The Boston Institute of Contemporary Art, The Baltimore Museum of Art as well as the Rubell Family Collection. Faught is the recipient of the 2009 Seattle Art Museum Betty Bowen Award, the 2011 Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant and the 2012 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art (SECA) Award.
His work has also appeared in publications such as the New York Times, Art In America, Artforum, Artreview (UK), The Studio Reader, Crafts (UK), and the New Yorker.
BA, Oberlin College
AAS, Fashion Institute of Technology
MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago