Wk5 – Artist Conversation – Joshua Thomen

Exhibition Information

Artist: Joshua Thomen
Exhibition: SILL HERE
Media: Sculpture, Cement, Glass Figurines
Gallery: CSULB School of Art, Dennis W. Dutzi Gallery
Instagram: @voyezmessouvenirs

About the Artist

Joshua Thomen Is currently a third year at California State University, Long Beach. He is currently getting his Bachelor of Arts. However, Thomen will be applying to the Bachelor’s of Fine Art program in the school of art and is hoping to get into the Bachelor of Fine Arts Sculpture program.

Formal Analysis

The work that Tomen created was displayed in the gallery with the lights dimmed and the sounds of wind chimes in the background to help created a dream-like feel while looking at the gallery. In the Gallery, twelve cement blocks were put in a particular pattern in the room that created a wall like structure. Within the cement blocks, there were ceramic figurines that Thomen had bought/ found at antique stores that are usually massed produced.

Content Analysis

Joshua Thomen talked about how he started this work during the election and inauguration. This is important as his exhibit is a response to the political change in the United States. Thomen talked about how the placement of the cement blocks was intentional and was meant to give the audience the sense of two sides and also to guide the audience within the gallery. This wall can be related to the politics going on and this his Thomen’s way of showing it.

Synthesis / My Experience

I enjoyed Thomen’s gallery. He changed the feel of the gallery completely by changing the lights and adding sounds. He makes you feel part of the art and the exhibit. This show also makes it very clear of what is going on in our government here in the state. When looking at this gallery and the wall, I compare it to the ideas of the Berlin wall from our history. The Berlin wall had one side that was very colorful and had art on it, and the other side was plain. Thomen’s wall to me is an interpretation of that since one side of the wall has art on it and the other side does not. Is Thomen is making a statement that the wall that is being talked about in the U.S. government is going to be like the one from the past? That is for the viewers to answer. This exhibit is political and is important in a time of change.




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