Joshua Kosker explores time, place, and materiality by working with nontraditional and ephemeral materials. In his Flatland Stack series, he makes his forms by flattening a round object to create a new sphere—the opposite of angle raising, a metalsmithing process that manipulates sheet metal to create volume. Here, he preserves tangelo peels like leather and cuts them into halves, stacking them on top of one another. In his [Re]embody series, Kosker recontextualizes the mundane and highlights the intimate connection between owner and object by setting used bars of soap like gemstones. Over time, these pieces will change as they are worn and are exposed to the elements.
OBJECTS: REDUX—50 Years of Craft Evolution31 Jan - 27 Mar 2020In 1969, the Smithsonian American Art Museum debuted OBJECTS: USA, a sprawling exhibition featuring 308 craft artists and over 500 objects. The show would travel the United States and Europe, vaulting craft into the contemporary art milieu and forever changing the way we view material culture. Fifty years later, this...