Joshua Jenkins

Joshua Jenkins

Louisville, KY, United States

About Joshua Jenkins

ARTIST STATEMENT:
Art to me is the soul’s communication—a response to experience and life. This theory is what innately drives me to create, because I feel as though I have to for my own well being. Like many artists I use art as a source of therapy—coping with day to day stresses, romances, my sexuality, my childhood and my ongoing struggle with institutional religion. However, not all inspiration comes from my life. I am also inspired by observing people around me. In some regards I consider myself a voyeur of life. People intrigue me not only on a physical plane, but on a deeper emotional level. I tend to feed inspiration to myself from others emotional distresses and lives. Ultimately, my work is not to create art at expense of my own or others miseries, but rather to shine a light on the commonalities between us all—being that we all feel similar emotions.

Much of my work is figuratively representational through an expressive and abstract medium. My forms are distorted and at times can seem like disfigured scribbles of a body. I use this disruptive and freeform line as a reference to the influence from the Expressionist movement and also acknowledging the energy of street artists. Furthermore, I find beauty in the raw textures that plagues old cities and in the primitive instincts—used to enhance the decay through an artistic resolve—that graffiti artists seem to do so well. This notion is definitely the root of my overall aesthetic.

It has become apparent to me that my approach to art is to try and give a fresh voice to the Fine Arts—pulling influences from past movements and acknowledging trends that are in today’s culture. All in the same I must conclude that my art is always evolving and will also stay true to my original drive for creating, which comes from my soul—the inner voice that I have learned over time to never question.

Exhibitions

SOLO EXHIBITIONS:
2019 “Moments In Time”, KORE Gallery, Louisville, KY
2017 “Summertime”, Lenihan | Sotheby International, Louisville, KY
2017 ”Untitled”, The Butchertown Social, Louisville, KY
2017 “Somewhere In Between Anxiety & Serenity”, Kore Gallery, Louisville KY
2016 "An Urban Expression", Gallery K, Louisville, KY
2016 “Figurative Abstractions”, New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY
2016 “From Then Till Now”, Andrew Gentile Antiques, Louisville, KY
2016 "New Works", Louis's the Ton: A Butchertown Public House, Louisville, KY
2016 "Untitled", Alfalfa's Restaurant, Lexington, KY
2015 "Redefining Street Art" New Editions Gallery, Lexington, KY
2014 "Exposed", Entrepôt & AARON MAPP Gallery, Miami, FL
2014 "Transition", Regalo Gift's 4th St Gallery Loft, Louisville, KY
2014 "Slave to Impulse", Tim Faulkner Gallery, Louisville, KY
2013 "Untitled Show", Sunergos Coffee, Louisville, KY
2013 "From the Studio", The Gallery at La Bodega, Louisville, KY
2013 "Untitled Show", Regalo Gift's 4th St Gallery Loft, Louisville, KY
2013 "Untitled Show", Mouton, Columbus, OH
2013 "Ascertainment", Regalo Gift's 4th St Gallery Loft, Louisville, KY
2012 "Portraits of Expression", The Gallery at Tech Gallery, Syracuse, NY
2009 "Untitled Show", Floor One Gallery, Beacon, NY

GROUP EXHIBITIONS:
2018 “Black & White”, KORE Gallery, Louisville, KY
2018 “Mirror, Memory, Identity”, ArtsPlace (LexArts), Lexington, KY
2017 “Riffing Van Gogh”, Caza Sikes, Cincinnati, OH
2017 “Meet Your Neighbors: Feminine and LGBTQ+ Perspectives”, 1619 Flux: Art + Activism, Louisville, KY
2017 ”Untitled”, Pop Up Show, 5th St, Louisville, KY
2017 ”Queer Voices”, OPEN Community Arts Center, Louisville, KY
2017 “GRIDWORKS REVISITED!”, New Editions Gallery, Louisville, KY
2016 "Queer Voices", Gallery K, Louisville, KY
2016 "Navigate Exhibition", 1619 Flux, Louisville, KY
2016 ”Mix It Up!”, New Editions Gallery, Louisville, KY
2016 "Beyond Borders Exhibit", Pat Harrison Arts Center Gallery, New Albany, IN
2016 "Touched With Fire", Kaviar Forge & Gallery, Louisville, KY
2016 "art[squared]", Public Gallery, Louisville, KY
2015 "Deck the Walls" Presented by Revelry Gallery, VIA Studio, Louisville, KY
2015 "LVA Open Studio Weekend Exhibition", Cressman Center, Louisville, KY
2015 "Artists in Our Midst", Kaviar Forge & Gallery, Louisville, KY
2015 "art[squared]", Public Gallery, Louisville, KY
2015 "Cinema Killed the Video Star", Public Gallery, Louisville, KY
2014 "LVA Open Studio Weekend Exhibition", Cressman Center, Louisville, KY
2014 "Safe Place", IDEAS 40203, Louisville, KY
2014 "art[squared]", Public Gallery, Louisville, KY
2012 "Urban Art Show", Mellwood Art Center, Louisville, KY
2011 "Open Apple Steve / Memoriam", The Gallery at Tech Gallery, Syracuse, NY
2010 "(in) case", Revolution Art Studios, Syracuse, NY
2009 "Annual Student Exhibit", Marist College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
2008 "Untitled Show", Zuzu’s Leaf & Bean Cafe, Beacon, NY
2008 "Annual Student Exhibit", Marist College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY
2008 "Landing", Muddy Cup Coffe House, Poughkeepsie, NY
2007 "Annual Student Exhibit", Marist College Art Gallery, Poughkeepsie, NY