treasure,found plastic, 2006
joshua callaghan is an american artist / film maker whose work is often a mix of wit, dark humor and critique of
american material culture. for his most recent exhibition at the bank gallery in LA, callaghan culled together
found material to create abstract sculptures of graphs and charts mapping a variety of data. the linear
geometric forms could easily be dismissed as homage to minimalist object making until the titles reveal their
true meaning. the sculptures are pictorial devices measuring human behavior, cultural garbage, political strife etc.
whiteman, used food buckets, chair, 2004
seated figure, PVC pipe, plastic chair, 2006
extractions, hydracal, 2007
consumer confidence, 2007-08, 2008 copper, chairs
world poulation, 0AD-present, aluminum, enamel
L: very concerned, somewhat concerned, not at all concerned, wood, paint
R: military spending by nation, painted wood
seven household cleaners, jars, cleaning products, wood, 2006
lots of future shock, copies of alvin tofler’s future shock,1995-2007
joshua callaghan has exhibited internationally at venues including the UC Riverside sweeney gallery,
the guggenheim gallery of chapman university, and LA louver in los angeles. His videos have been shown at
museums and film festivals around the world and he has completed a series of public projects in southern california.
callaghan is the recipient of a fulbright grant, holds a BA in cultural anthropology from the university of north carolina
at asheville and a MFA in new genres from UCLA. he is based in los angeles.