In the exhibition, Songs and Views of the Holocene Garden, Josh Tonies presented new drawings and animated works depicting interior landscapes and domestic objects which employ projection and migrating shadows that merge and congeal image to material. Themes of the work include desire, human-induced extinction, and sensations of loss.
Josh Tonies is an artist who works with drawing and the moving image. His work centers around temporary ecological studies that take form as animation, drawing, works on paper and book arts. He is a lecturer on record at University of San Diego and UC San Diego, teaching courses in film, video art, animation and studio arts. He has exhibited his work most recently at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Montréal, The Center for Fiction in NYC, Comfort Station in Chicago and the San Diego Museum of Art.
During the Opening Reception on February 9th, musician Matt Wellins joined the artist in a collaboration in live sound mixing to accompany the video works.
Matt Wellins is an artist from Pittsburgh, PA. His work is largely based in particularities of materials, the snafus of live performance, and a general ambivalence towards contemporary technology. His current interests are in the private loft theater of 1970s New York, cybernetic music systems, and the ZBS Artist-in-Residency program. He has presented his work - most notably in collaborations with artists Sarah Halpern and Josh Tonies - at venues such as Anthology Film Archives, EMPAC, and Cass Projects.
Find more on Josh's work at http://joshtonies.com.
Find more on Matt's work at http://mattwellins.bandcamp.com.