Joshua Field


About Joshua Field


Central to my work is a fascination with a dreamlike unreality where contiguity becomes the reigning principle. In this dreamworld dialectic, the innate and irresistible propensity to make connections drives discovery. Figures become either actors placed in vaguely familiar roles or witnesses to the action at hand. Others become part of a shadow world, sometimes made sinister and other times inactivated as they are engulfed in darkness or disappear into a diaphanous ether. One canít quite work out purpose or structure but must instead abandon explication in favor of the exploration.

The hallmarks of narrativity, the recognizable way in which objects are rendered or arranged, the use of remotely familiar historical imagery, are all suggestive of a disjunctive narrative but deductive reasoning fails in the same way that dreams force us to navigate a landscape that is internally defined, at once familiar and strange. This use of narrative grammar combined with dissonant contiguity creates an autarchical world where the battles fought, struggles undertaken and dramas played out are all self contained. Much like the currency of our dream lives, the indirect language of contiguity; analogy, metaphor and simile are the lenses through which this world is viewed.

In 1973 Joshua Field was born in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. He spent his formative years in St. Petersburg, Florida where he attended the Pinellas County Center for the Arts, a competitive four-year high school for the arts. Field later attended the Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore where he earned his BFA. At MICA, he focused on assemblage/collage and poetry, and was mentored by Joe Cardarelli, a renowned beat poet and friend of Alan Ginsberg, Andrei Codrescu, Anselm Hollo and Robert Creeley. In the 90's Field moved back to the Berkshires where he currently maintained a studio in North Adams, Massachusetts, home to the largest contemporary art museum on the east coast, MassMoCA. Recently he moved to Denver Colorado to join the faculty at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design (RMCAD). He has exhibited nationally and internationally, from Chelsea in New York City to Berlin, Germany.

Field is an emerging artist known for poetically driven narrative paintings that are iconic, psychological and subversive. Arrays of archetypical imagery culled from both the collective consciousness and the realm of the intensely personal portray both sociological issues and mythic individual dramas.

2017 All That Remains, Front Range Community College, Longmont, CO (solo)
2017 In Absentia, Rotunda Gallery, Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design, Denver, CO (solo)
2017 Matters on Paper, Sandra Phillips Gallery, Denver, CO
2017 Arternative Facts, The Road Gallery, New York, NY
2017 Cloudlands, Albany International Airport Gallery, Denver, CO
2017 In Between Meetings, In Between Meetings, Lakewood, CO
2016 CROP: New Art from the Berkshires, Berkshire Art Association, Pittsfield, MA
2016 Open Opening, Counterpath, Denver, CO
2015 Into This Valley of Hands, C Gallery, North Adams, MA (solo)
2014 The Seed, Chashama Gallery , New York, NY
2014 Friends Contemporary, PHILLIPS de PURY, New York, NY
2013 TEN SPOT, Lichtenstein Center for the Arts, Pittsfield, MA
2013 100 Hours in the Woodshed , MCLA Gallery 51, North Adams, MA
Curator: Susan Cross, MASS MoCA
2012 COVET, Ferrin Gallery, Pittsfield, MA
2012 The End of Histories, Herter Gallery, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, MA

We Dream in the Daytime Too, Descry Art Projects at Photobooth SF, San Francisco, CA
Curators: Chelsea Rae Klein, Descry Art Projects and Gregory Bartlett, The Spare Room Project

2011 GLIMPSE: Enigmatic Visions, William Bennett Gallery , New York, NY
Curator: Alessia Maiuri
2011 When Your Leg Spends the Night in the Water, University Galleries, Illinois State University, Normal, IL
2011 100 Hours in the Woodshed: Collage Biennial, MCLA Gallery51, North Adams, MA
2010 Small Wonders , Jordan Faye Contemporary, Baltimore, MD
2010 Spectacular Sights, Gallery KG52, Stockholm, Sweden
2010 Cultural Corridor , Storefront Artists Project , Pittsfield, MA
Curator: Susan Cross, MASS MoCA
2010 Emerging Artists, Daniel Cooney Fine Art , Chelsea, NYC
2009 Shameless Self Promotion, University Museum of Contemporary Art, University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA
2009 Art Bazaar, Lyons Wier Gallery, Chelsea, NYC
2009 SCORED! , Berkshire Fringe Festival, Great Barrington, MA
2009 On Shores of Pitch, Downstreet Art, North Adams, MA
2009 Fairy Tale, AG Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
Curator: Tomoko Ashikawa, Artists Space
2009 200 Lincolns, Chicago Art Deprartment, Chicago, IL
2009 Woodshed II: The Next Hundred Hours, MCLA Gallery51, North Adams, MA
2008 Mapping the Invisible , MCLA Gallery51, North Adams, MA
2008 Get Out of Jail Free, Marin Arts Council, San Rafael, California
2008 RED DOT Art Fair, NYC , with Brenda Taylor Gallery, NYC
2008 WUNDERKAMMER: New Paintings by Joshua Field, Kolok Gallery, North Adams, MA
Solo Exhibition [Read review by John Mitchell]
2007 Contemporary Berkshires , Kolok Gallery, North Adams, MA
2007 The Most Curatorial Biennial of the Universe, apexart, Tribeca, NYC
2007 Second Coming, Kolok Gallery, North Adams, Massachusetts
2007 Angels and Demons, Annual National Juried Competition, UAG Gallery, Albany, New York
2007 Get Out of Jail Free Benefit, Visual Aid, San Francisco, California
Curator: Maysoun Wazwaz, Southern Exposure
2007 Square Foot Show , Art Gotham, Chelsea, NYC
2007 Suckers and Biters: Love, Lollipops, and the Exquisite Corpse, AdHoc Art, Brooklyn, New York
Curator: Jeff White, Museum of Modern Art, NYC


Anonyme Zeichner 3, bluetenweiss, Berlin, Germany
Curator: Anke Becker

MFA 2012 University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Massachusetts. MFA, painting.



Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, Maryland. BFA, General Sculptural Studies. Double Minor, Art History and Poetry. Summa Cum Laude.



Pinellas County Center for the Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida. Four-Year Fine Arts School.

2012 Guest Lecturer, Tricks of the Trade: Political Art, IS183, Stockbridge, MA
2012 Guest Contributor, New American Paintings
2010-12 Guest Lecturer, B-HIP Arts Management Program, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
2008 Selected for the 2009 Florence Biennial, Florence, Italy
2007 Panelist, MCLA Berkshire Cultural Resource Center, North Adams, MA
1998 Residency, Contemporary Artists Center, North Adams, MA
1996 Visiting Artist, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD


Guest Speaker, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Division of Cultural Affairs, Burlington County New Jersey

2008, David McLaughlin, "Inside the Berkshires", Pentacle Press
2008, Georgia Fee, "Interview with Joshua Field", ArtSlant
2007, John E. Mitchell, "Mr. Field's Amazing Cabinet of Wonders", The Transcript

Assistant Professor of Foundations and Fine Arts Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design
2009-2014 Lecturer University of Massachusetts Amherst
Teaching website [bio, courses, teaching materials, student work]:

College Art Association [CAA]
Foundations in Art: Theory and Education [FATE]


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