Qwist Joseph

Los Angeles, CA

www.qwistjoseph.com

The sculpture I create exemplifies my interest in objects, their creation and our tendency to covet them. Humans have developed elaborate and diverse systems to categorize and dictate the value of things. As a culture we elevate and protect Art. Its display is a platform in which this object obsession is exaggerated. Through the podium of Art exhibition, I explore the idea of object-ness. I question the parameters that define something as an object, and more specifically what’s necessary to transform that thing into Art. Further, I wonder where the line is drawn between art and the ordinary; my work is meant to test these limits. We live in a time where answers are readily available and the unknown hardly exists. American culture is one of immediacy and knowability; it is important to me that my work offer a departure from this monotonous reality. My compositions are open invitations for questioning and investigation, creating a dialogue with the viewer asking them to collaborate using their own experiences.

Qwist Joseph, heavy shadow, 2015, earthenware, bronze, wood, plastic, 28 x 40 x 40 in.

Qwist Joseph, heavy shadow, 2015, earthenware, bronze, wood, plastic, 28 x 40 x 40 in.

Qwist Joseph, heavy shadow, 2015, earthenware, bronze, wood, plastic, 28 x 40 x 40 in.

Qwist Joseph, heavy shadow, 2015, earthenware, bronze, wood, plastic, 28 x 40 x 40 in.

Qwist Joseph, momentary, 2015, earthenware, wood, plant, paper, 36 x 32 x 12 in.

Qwist Joseph, momentary, 2015, earthenware, wood, plant, paper, 36 x 32 x 12 in.

Qwist Joseph, momentary, 2015, earthenware, wood, plant, paper, 36 x 32 x 12 in.

Qwist Joseph, momentary, 2015, earthenware, wood, plant, paper, 36 x 32 x 12 in.

Qwist Joseph, mirror back, 2014 earthenware, glass, wood, string, 13" x 14" x 9"

Qwist Joseph, mirror back, 2014 earthenware, glass, wood, string, 13" x 14" x 9"

Qwist Joseph, interiors, 2014, earthenware, wood, string, light bulb, 84 x 48 x 40 in.

Qwist Joseph, interiors, 2014, earthenware, wood, string, light bulb, 84 x 48 x 40 in.

Qwist Joseph, interiors, detail, 2014, earthenware, wood, string, light bulb, 84 x 48 x 40 in.

Qwist Joseph, interiors, detail, 2014, earthenware, wood, string, light bulb, 84 x 48 x 40 in.

Qwist Joseph, when the ants go marching, detail, 2013, earthenware, cast aluminum, wood, 84 x 84 x 24 in.

Qwist Joseph, when the ants go marching, detail, 2013, earthenware, cast aluminum, wood, 84 x 84 x 24 in.

Qwist Joseph, when the ants go marching, detail, 2013, earthenware, cast aluminum, wood, 84 x 84 x 24 in.

Qwist Joseph, when the ants go marching, detail, 2013, earthenware, cast aluminum, wood, 84 x 84 x 24 in.