Artist Statement

How is the City your studio? "My studio often exists through a generosity of partnering individuals or organizations. I've worked in abandoned houses, storage attics, garages, and other underutilized spaces. Since these sites are otherwise unused they are given freely, which affords me an access outside of the traditional studio. Such sites have also provided me with a larger connection to the neighborhoods and communities I've worked in. The countless pedestrian encounters that have informed and inspired my work have been possible precisely because the spaces I work in allow for an open exchange with the larger world around me."

Featured Artist Portrait by Joe Mazza | Brave Lux Chicago

Media
I'm an interdisciplinary artist working primarily in performance, sculpture and writing. My visual and performative practice explores manifestations of interiority within material objects and is specifically engaged with the poetics of the commonplace. I am conceptually and ethically committed to repurposing materials both physical and intangible. Additionally, I frame my studio labor as part of a larger conversation surrounding my immersive life practice. Informed by living and working in communities that address issues of housing and social justice, I seek to remove the distinctions from the disparate aspects of my practice.
Inspiration
I am interested in creating work with an elegant economy of means that is in possession of a very high level of awareness. Conceptually clean no matter how materially dirty, I am ever interested in making an organic growth from the way that I live and move about the world. I have no wish to separate daily labor from a studio practice, rather I would like to highlight the reality that domestic labor and other forms of supportive care are the foundations on which all other creative endeavors stand.
What's Next?
I am honored to be working with Lin Hixson and Matthew Goulish on an exhibition for Sector 2337 titled, "Impatient Flowers". Also, in October I will be debuting a new feature length piece, "Watching You/ Watching Me." The three night run will be a split-bill with movement work by Joanna Furnans and will feature the brilliant contributions of Matthew Nicholas and Courtney Mackedanz. IMPATIENT FLOWERS / Joshua Kent & Katherine Behar EVERY FLOWER, A DEATH: A sonic / floral meditation on witness, time, & encountering. THURSDAY, OCT 1ST__7-9PM SECTOR 2337, 2337 N. Milwaukee Ave. www.sector2337.com * * * * * * * * * ACRE RESIDENCY FUNDRAISER HOW BLUE THE SKY: A performance of memory and residency recollections. WEDNESDAY OCT 7th__6-10PM Prairie Productions, 1314 W Randolph St. * * * * * * * * * WATCHING ME / WATCHING YOU: A new trio exploring power & pornography. With Matthew Nicholas & Courtney Mackedanz. Shown in conjunction with Joanna Furnan’s SIGNIFIER. October 23-25th__7-9PM LINKS HALL, 3111 N. Western Ave http://linkshall.ticketfly.com/event/914271-signifier-watching-chicago/
Bio
Joshua Kent has lived and worked in Chicago since childhood. In 2010 he graduated from the performance department of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he was a Presidential Merit Scholar. Awarded a CAAP Grant from the city of Chicago, that same year he was also awarded a LinkUp Residency at Links Hall. In 2014 his work was featured at EXPO Chicago and he was also included in Newcity’s annual list of Breakout Artists. Joshua’s work has been presented in cities throughout the country most frequently Chicago, Boston, Detroit, and Minneapolis.