"In Absentia" | Joshua Field

RMCAD Rotunda Gallery

September 7 – October 5, 2017

  • Opening Reception: Thursday, September 7 from 4 – 7pm; Free and open to the public
JoshuaField 2016 Bridge
Attached: Joshua Field, Bridge, 2016 Oil, acrylic, gouache on Canvas 30 x 40”

The title of the exhibition comes from a legal term meaning “while not present at the event being referred to.” There is a haunting tenuousness as figures are simultaneously present in the scene and absent from the action at hand. The inaction and lack of presence reflects both the isolation of the individual and the quixotic act of creating illusory places and scenarios which neither the artist nor the viewer can truly enter.

Rotunda Gallery
Rocky Mountain College of Art and Design
1600 Pierce Street
Lakewood, CO 80214


About the Artist

Joshua Field is a nationally and internationally exhibited artist and Assistant Professor of Foundations and Fine Arts at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design. He holds a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Field's work examines the human condition by twisting the familiar ways in which elements are rendered or arranged leading to the suggestion of a disjunctive narrative. In the same way that dreams force us to navigate a landscape that is internally defined, at once familiar and strange, the work builds tenuous relationships through juxtaposition in order to create scenarios that defy everyday explication. This use of narrative grammar combined with dissonant contiguity creates an autarchical world where the battles fought, struggles undertaken and dramas played out are all self contained. Much like the currency of our dream lives, the indirect language of contiguity; analogy, metaphor and simile are the lenses through which this world is viewed.