Above: An Old Conversation, 2021
A Stress-Free Point of View
Always images have surrounded us and now more than ever we are perpetually bombarded. Cascading down through images across history, genealogies form and restrict imaginings more closely to specific interpretations. I am exploring the mess of this system to restore potential, especially queer potential, to conventional lineages of images.
I hope to catch the texture of an anonymous yet entirely particular perception (something familiar that feels strange and romantic, a reflection). Talking with an established logic bent-out-of-shape can reveal welcoming cracks in what remains permanently incomplete.
By losing myself to the mismatched tides and aimless currents of all sorts of imagery made in all sorts of years I sometimes land upon soft, stable places where it all unravels and hidden lines are easy to trace.
- Joshua Tarplin
Joshua Tarplin (he/him, American, b. 1997) is a photographic artist. He holds degrees in studio art and in the history of art from Yale University. Josh has exhibited nationally and internationally, been shortlisted for and won awards, and publishes books. Recently he has shown at Robert Capa Contemporary Photography Center (Budapest, Hungary), Landskrona Foto Festival (Landskrona, Sweden), Fotofestiwal (Łódź, Poland), Procur.arte (Lisbon, Portugal), Plaxall Gallery (New York, USA), and Texas Tech University School of Art (Lubbock, USA).
His background in art history and visual theory inspires his interest in the life of images, their lineages and functions, and the untraceable code through which they influence what we know by guiding how we imagine. Josh often recycles art history and his own images repeatedly in search of potential. He also enjoys highlighting queerness lying dormant in conventional imagery. In mixing together or disregarding types, tropes, and expectations he aims to celebrate subjects with a surreal, empathetic vision.