I collect outdated textbooks, maps, documents. Paper that has lived a life and shows its age. I'm intrigued by systems I do not understand and by information that's no longer relevant. Between apocalypse and paradise I seek metaphors for human hubris. The printed text on the maps are altered, locations blur, gravity fails. I find the same family of forms in images of the solar system, engineering, microbiology. Excavating imagery from topo maps and imposing found images allows me to jump in space, scale, and meaning hundreds of times within a few square inches. Besides culling forms and generating tales from peculiar antique sources, I am also looking to art of the past-- Klee, Redon, Turner, Breughel. Romanesque and Sienese art are alive for me. I can’t fathom why any contemporary artist would be content to be of this moment only.
Born 1966 2009 NYFA grant for Drawing Website: www.joshdorman.net Solo Shows Mary Ryan Gallery, CUE Foundation, Pierogi, NYC. Craft and Folk Art Museum, Billis Gallery, Los Angeles, Hallwalls, Buffalo Group Shows Daniel Weinberg Gallery, Drawing Center, National Academy Museum, Islip Museum Reviews Village Voice, TimeOut, ArtNews, Art in America, ArtForum, LA Times, NY Times, New Yorker Residencies Yaddo, Millay 2004 Commission to execute a series of collage paintings, based on 6 individuals with Dementia- documented in the PBS film, There Is A Bridge, narrated by Robert Pinsky.