JOSHUA KOSKER

Mixed Materials / USA

 

How do objects shape experiences and, in turn, how can actions imprint meaning on the material world? In looking to jewelry and domestic objects, to explore universal and sometimes private subject matters, my work connects viewers and wearers alike to their personal and collective experiences. Drawing from unexpected, commonly found, and often impermanent materials, my research fuses traditional craft practices and experimental processes with concepts of time, materiality, object, and the body.

Wavering somewhere between raw and manufactured, it is likely that my work will continue to change over time through inherent vice and environmental factors, again reshaping the visual history and value of these everyday artifacts. The subversive material constructs embedded in the work contribute to a deeper understanding of our material landscape and the objects that surround us.

Work

Waver

Brooch, 2019

Soap, 18K gold-plated sterling silver, 18k and 14K gold

Non-noble

Brooch, 2020

Titanium, sterling silver, steel

Experience

EDUCATION
2015 MFA, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green OH
2011 BFA, Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA

EXHIBITIONS
2021 Gioielli in Fermento X: 20/21, Villa Braghieri, Piacenza, Italy
2020 Painful Hope, Alliages, Lille, France
2020 0 Negative, Art Jewelry Night of Budapest, Budapest, Hungary
2020 Ecosight, Amber Trip: XVII International Baltic Jewellery Show, Vilnius, Lithuania
2019 OBJECTS: REDUX, Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX
2019 Art + Jewelry: Intersecting Spaces, Athens Jewelry Week 2019, Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece
2019 Heart Failure, Werkstatt Galerie, Munich, Germany
2019 Schmuck/Schmock, Gallery at Northcity4, Melbourne, Australia
2018 Collectiva Meeting, Miguel Bombarda Simultaneous Inaugurations, Porto, Purtugal
2017 Ajavahe. Time Difference, Estonian Museum of Applied Art and Design, Tallinn, Estonia
2017 Beijing International Jewelry Exhibition, Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, Beijing, China

AWARDS
2020 SNAG Educational Endowment Scholarship
2018 Ruth and Harold Chenven Foundation Grant
2016 First Place, Touch: Interactive Craft, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts
2014 Ethical Metalsmiths Emerging Artist Award

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