Joshua Mosley: American International

The Indianapolis Museum of Art welcomes the work of artist Joshua Mosley to their contemporary collection from March 12 through August 29, 2010. The exhibition features two animated videos and sculpture installations in the Carmen and Mark Holeman Video Gallery and the Livia and Steve Russell Gallery.

The work presented under the title Joshua Mosley: American International consists of two animated videos: Vue and International. Both are composed of mixed media animation coupled with small scale bronze sculptures of the characters, who populate Mosley’s videos. The subject matter of each video examines the conflicting legacies of prominent individuals when looked at through a modern lens. In his work Mosley seeks to explore how human beings can often reconcile incompatible ideas and actions in their daily life.

Associate curator of contemporary art at the IMA, Sarah Urist Green, says of Mosley’s work, “[His] installations stand apart as some of the most inventive, challenging and gratifyingly peculiar artwork being made today. Over the course of years and with extensive research, craftsmanship and intricate technological execution, Mosley builds highly original compositions that create space for contemplating how individuals interpret and impact the world.”

International imagines a meeting between two men: Austrian economist and philosopher Friedrich Hayek and American builder and philanthropist George R. Brown. Through an intricate process, Mosely hand sculpted the two figures and cast them in bronze. These sculptures are displayed next to a replica of the 1937 International brand truck. Using a 3D scan, Mosley utilized his sculpted creations in his animation process. He pairs this with oral history recordings from each man and a musical score composed of single notes played on a piano.

Though the two men never met, Mosley imagines a conversation between them. He explores how each man’s personal desires shaped their view of the “greater good” for the whole of society. Mosley’s exploration of one man who opposed free market intervention and the other who became incredibly wealth because of large scale government spending, makes for a perfect allegory in our current economic climate.

The second installation, titled Vue, examines the impact a 150 foot sculpture of George Washington Carver has on one small Midwestern town. The story follows Henry, a park ranger, whose job is to maintain the park and sculpture dedicated to Carver. When he meets Susan, an employee of the new fiber optic company in town, the discrepancy in their individual life’s purposes are explored in a witty and compelling way.

Visit the IMA during spring and summer of 2010 to take in Joshua Mosley’s latest work. Mosley will be on hand at the IMA on Thursday, March 11, 2010 at 6:00 pm to discuss his work in the DeBoest Lecture Hall. This Indianapolis event is free, but tickets are required. To find out more, visit the IMA’s website (listed below).

Make a day of your visit to the IMA. Grab lunch at the Nourish Cafe located in the IMA’s lobby, or head to the nearby Indianapolis cultural district, Broad Ripple Village. With a wide selection of Indianapolis restaurants and Indianapolis bars, there is something for everyone in Broad Ripple Village.

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Joshua Mosley: American International
March 12 to August 29, 2010

Indianapolis Museum of Art
4000 Michigan Rd
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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