JOSHUA EDWARD BENNET lives and works in New Orleans, LA. He received his MFA from Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 2019 with a concentration in digital arts. Bennett received his BFA with a concentration in painting and drawing in 2006 at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga, TN.
He has exhibited work in solo exhibitions at Good Children Gallery in New Orleans, LA, and has forthcoming solo exhibitions scheduled for next year at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans, LA, at Voss Gallery in San Francisco, CA, and at Deep Space Gallery in Jersey City, NJ. His participation in numerous two-person and group exhibitions include Living Easy Where The Sun Doesn't Shine at BS Projects in Houston, TX, Sun Shines at Central Park Gallery in Los Angeles, CA in 2019, RE:TELL at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center during their biennial in 2016 in Atlanta, GA, Nomadic Habitat (Hustleman), a group collaboration with Carlos Rolón at the New Orleans Museum of Art in New Orleans, LA in 2018, Jonald Dudd 2019 for NYC Design Week in New York City, NY in 2019, and Love Triangle at Deep Space Gallery in Jersey City, NJ also in 2019.
Bennett has been a contributing member of the artist-run space named Good Children Gallery since 2015.
This exhibition is the premiere solo exhibition of artist JOSHUA EDWARD BENNET at Jonathan Ferrara Gallery. This exhibition marries two distinct bodies of work OAZO (2019) and SEERS (2020) and displays them together in conversation with one another.
Joshua Edward Bennett’s unique and bold fabricated objects are born out of a personal longing to assign a visual and spatial aesthetic to existential imaginations surrounding his own sense of spirituality. Though he is not a religious person, as it pertains to established organized institutions, he feels a perpetual and indefinable force that evades any empirical measure of truth.
In Seers, Bennett explores the concept of objects as clairvoyants. They are intended to be fixtures of faith vacant of the burdensome commitment of a worldview or organized spiritual affiliation. Singularly, they facilitate predictions limited by the human quality they represent, (i.e Praise, Prudence, Patience, et cetera.) The objects are designed to operate as conduits between current reality and the idealized reality of the future. Through swirling emphatic color arrangements, glass-like reflective surfaces, and gritty pitted textures (sourced from the comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko that the Rosetta space probe successfully landed upon in 2014) Bennett imbues a feeling that is both strangely foreign and deeply human. These visionary works, at the very least, offer a moment for the viewer to pause and deliberately ruminate over the featured human condition.
OAZO is a brand of transcendental art objects and experiential immersive environments.
OAZO is a substantiated method of spiritual access for those who choose to take part and open themselves to possibility.
OAZO is a place of sanctuary; an oasis amid the desert of distraction, stress, and drudgery that can be part of everyday life. It is a respite from reality that encourages a contemplation of surreality.
OAZO presents an alternative structure to established traditional institutions for spiritual health and well-being for those who consider themselves “spiritual but not religious.”
OAZO embraces the idea of a commodified object as conduit for sublime ascension. Vast amounts of spiritual energy can cycle between an individual and an object.
OAZO provides a tightly formed system of objects that advance healing and positive energy flow within an acute, contemporary aesthetic.
OAZO exists to encourage a present experience facilitating corporeal transcendence for its participants. Life truly occurs in the perpetual now.
OAZO aids those who are seeking spiritual fulfillment and sublimity by guiding their focus to elemental Dei (sculptural icons representing various conditions of humanity.)
OAZO exhibits conditions conducive for the recognition of human immateriality through a composite of rich and vibrating colors, unique structural shapes, alluring lines, and enveloping spaces with blanketed golden light, heavenly customized scents, and surrounding ambient sounds, all which are punctuated by visual iconic representations of Dei.
OAZO provides a new, crisp, and exciting mode for participants to activate and engage their deepest self.