Joshua Flint: Hunter-Gatherers
Seager Gray Gallery announces their first solo exhibition for artist Joshua Flint from October 2 to October 31 with a reception for the artist on Saturday, October 7 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm. The exhibition, entitled Hunter-Gatherers draws on his continued exploration into memory, supernatural figure-scapes, and his fascination with photographs found in museum archives, vintage shops, film, and social media platforms. The photographs serve as a type of scaffolding in which to build the painting, layering candid portraits with complex themes such as ecological issues, neuroscience, psychological states, cinema, and how we develop identity in an atemporal reality.
The exhibition title alludes to art critic and author John Berger’s thoughts on the use of old photographs. He believes the incorporation of found imagery is taking what was once private and making it public. In this way, it introduces “a rorschach for our imagination“ disconnected from the original familial or friendly bonds, allowing a wide-open interpretation. Photos contain memory and hope, “past and future, like a bottle tossed into the sea of time.” However, unlike the source material, Flint’s paintings contain the past and the future mixed with contemporary matters.