From this soil new symbols arise, binding the primordial to the contemporary, the erotic to the mundane, the physical to the intangible, subject to forces beyond comprehension, beyond control.
Josiah Bolth was born in a small town in rural Pennsylvania. From there, a series of tragedies led him to New Orleans. He came to the Mississippi delta like generations of wayfaring strangers before him, guided by dreams and nightmares. A spirit led him southwards, to a place where music can always be heard.
My work gestates in the space between the dreamworld and our experience of history, memory, and propaganda narratives. From this soil new symbols arise, binding the primordial to the contemporary, the erotic to the mundane, the physical to the intangible, subject to forces beyond comprehension, beyond control. A painting can only allude to the exotic forms that lay dormant at the far edges of the psyche, visions born from ennui, whimsy, anxiety, delusion, spiritual yearning and sexual fantasy. I seek the creation of a figurative space replete with the artifacts of culture and history, of disorganized and unfocused consciousness, murmuring with the promise of stranger forms waiting to be conceived.
Maryland Institute College of Art BFA cum Laude
Baltimore MD 2013 Painting, conc. General Fine arts
2022 Fourth Wall Gallery: Sleepwalk Expedition, solo exhibition, New Orleans LA
2022 Anna’s: Last Ride of the Secular Cowboy, solo exhibition, New Orleans LA
2021 Good Children Gallery: Art For Activism Group Exhibition, New Orleans LA
2021 Spomenik Supply: The Hand that Feeds, solo exhibition, New Orleans LA
2021 The Front: Juried Group Exhibition, New Orleans LA
2020 Carroll Gallery: Art For Activism Group Exhibition, New Orleans LA
2016 Galleria Bottega: Alloverstreet November Expo, Baltimore MD
2016 Decker Gallery: Ghost in the Machine, Baltimore MD
2015 Area 405: The Quick and the Dead, Baltimore MD
2014 Twilight Gallery: Viva el Valle 8, Mexicali BC, Mexico
RECONGNITIONS & AWARDS
2014 Permanent Collection, Palm Springs Art Museum
2013 La Quinta Art Foundation Artistic Merit Award