Joshua J. Van Wie

Joshua J. Van Wie

Joshua J. Van Wie
Friday, February 24th thru Saturday, March17th 2006
Opening Reception: Friday February 24th, 2006

Linda Warren Gallery proudly presents the work of Joshua J. Van Wie. In this current body ofwork, Van Wie continues to explore the tension that exists between giving and taking, sharing and keeping, problems and solutions. Building on lessons from the Conceptualism of the 60’s and 70’s he attempts to bridge the gap between art and life. The interplay between everyday encounters and familiar objects encourages the viewer to increase their awareness and participation in the larger world.

Van-Wie99ºF serves as an allegory to unwelcome,but well-intended generosity, and the finality of submission.

The ideas of grace and redemption areeluded to in the quest to restore an abandoned mid-century piece of furniture toits original, ideal, state.

By eschewing the specialized discourse of art for the vernacular language of reality, Van Wie seeks to provide access to fundamental issues that affect us all. With contexts and perceptions in a constant state of flux, how do we know when, where, or how to shift our focus?

Joshua J. Van Wie received his MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in painting and drawing. This marks his first solo exhibition at the gallery. He currently resides in Chicago.