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Joshua Webb is an Australian born visual artist. Selected projects: 2008-10
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  • JOSHUA WEBB
     www.joshuawebb.com.au



  • SOMEWHERE BETWEEN: Disco Donkey on Fire & DoDonkeys Bleed Blue Blood in Space. 2010
    Styrofoam, plaster, epoxy resin, fluorescent lightsand Karl Marx's severed Head.
    1.2 x 0.9 x 2.1m (LxWxH)
  •  APATHY FOR THE SETTING SUN.  2010
    Cast plastic unions, fluorescent lights and candleseventually extinguished by institutional policy.
    3 x 3 x 2.5m (LxWxH)

    APATHY FOR THE SETTING SUN, 2010 – refers to the idea that the sun sets over a thousand timesa day all over the world. Begging the question whether this nostalgic moment,this constant state of setting could have any significance. The object when seenin the context of the title becomes an artificial sun; it represents thecentre, the protector, the provider of warmth and life, while simultaneouslyexpressing the latent explosive danger inherent in the technological andeternal hydrogen bomb. The work is supposed to mirror its own agendum, as theromanticism of the naked flame, the natural light (the candle) has beenextinguished by the infrastructure that supports the synthetic florescentlight. The work is also a gesture towards the age of latecapitalism.
  • New Dawn. 2008
    Still from 6mins High Definition digital Video loop.
    New Violence Exhibition. Galerie Dusseldorf, Perth, Australia

    An angel is depicted there who looks as though he were about todistance himself from something, which he is staring at. His eyes areopened wide, his mouth stands open and his wings are outstretched. TheAngel of History must look just so. His face is turned towards thepast. Where we see the appearance of a chain of events, he sees onesingle catastrophe, which unceasingly piles rubble on top of rubble andhurls it before his feet. He would like to pause for a moment so fair,to awaken the dead and to piece together what has been smashed. But astorm is blowing from Paradise; it has caught itself up in his wingsand is so strong that the Angel can no longer close them. The stormdrives him irresistibly into the future, to which his back is turned,while the rubble-heap before him grows sky-high. That which we callprogress, is this storm.


    Walter Benjamin 1940. Theses on the Philosophy of History
  • FUTURE MADE: FUTURE BUILT. 2009/10
    High definition digital video (1920x1080)
    12.10 minutes

    In this divided self, the other, a jealous rival, constituted yetan-other condition of subjectivity, and the work of art, based on theexistence of a symmetrical and brilliant double, assured thepossibility of a reflective shuttling back and forth, of a harmoniousor painful synthesis of opposing impulses.
    (Melchinoe~Bonnet 2001 p264)
  •  Captain of your soul. 2010
    4.30 minutes - looped high definition digital film& sculptural installation
    Detail: Sculptural version, 300x300x800mm (LxWxH) –(fire, candles, duct tape and a urethane arm) is
    transformed into a glistening ghettoised abstractionof a chandelier, spinning towards entropic collapse
    within a black void.
  • Givethem the FUTURE. 2009
    235 Westminister St, Providence RI, USA.PYT: Pretty Young Thing.
    2.3 x 2.2 x 2.5m  (LxWxH)
    Original Universal Union, acrylic resin,computer simulated smashed acrylic sheet (laser cut ), paper, plastic &florescent lights.

  • Three Kings. 2010
    Concrete, plaster, decapitated plastic head ofBalthasar, duct tape, mirrored Perspex and a Homelite chainsaw.
    Balthasar is the name attributed to the Biblical Magiwho, as one of the Three Wise Men offered the gift of gold to Christ.
    30x30x120 cm (LxWxH)

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