Performance Artist and Sculptor Joshua Wade Smiths will create a “work out” studio in the spirit of 19th century gymnasium with 21st century DIY materials. With an emphasis on re-purposed materials and labor, Smith’s gymnasium will be a site of rejuvenation and repose, where the visitor will be invited to contemplate, interact, and test their own balance. Balance, muscular and bodily tension, and flexibility will help each visitor center themselves while navigating the minimalist sculpture course.
Joshua Wade Smith is an object-based performer and sculptor and completed an MFA from the Mt. Royal School at MICA in 2010. Smith currently teaches foundation sculpture and art history courses at MICA as well teaching art courses at American University. Smith recently completed a month long social-practice residency in the Netherlands as a door-to-door handy man.
Since graduate school Smith’s work has referenced the artist’s labor, endurance sports, and transcendence through (tedious) spectacle. Recent exhibitions include: Obstructions II at the American University Art Museum at the Katzen Center (DC) “Here Nor THere” at Hamiltonian Artists (DC), “Cataracts” at Gallery Four (Baltimore),”Tropical Obstructions” at Hamiltonian Artists (DC) “Liste 2011” at the Contemporary Museum-Baltimore, amongst others.
Smith was a Finalist for the 2012 Trawick Awards and conclude a two-year fellowship at the Hamiltonian Artists Gallery (Washington DC) this Summer.