June 30 / August 20 – 2012 

 

Experiencing art from a whole new perspective. 

Joshua presented 200 small sculptures. These were buried in containers of sand. Visitors were asked to ‘dig’ to find them and then display them on a shelf or table. They found complete figures and fragments. 

One of the first things observed is the manufacturing of history in places like the USA and China. These figurines at first glance look to be made of expensive materials, to be very significant and important but they are an invented history, a deceptive lie. This is in direct contrast to the abundance of history at our feet in Egypt. But it also questions how one puts value on such artifacts? Why is such an object important to another person? Is it only based on the advice of others? Or does is speak to you as an individual viewer? But it is also about digging up another person’s history. How does one interpret it? Does the viewer transfer their own thoughts/desires/fears/memories onto the unknown object? Does it therefore take on a new life and new meaning when seen through another person’s eyes? All of these objects have a specific meaning for Joshua Goode and are part of his personal mythology, yet they are meant to have enough ambiguity where others can find their own meaning within them. Viewers can use them as characters in their own stories as projected personifications. This will also be explored when people place them on the table/shelf. How will they be arranged? This becomes an exploration in psychology, self exploration and realization. Discovery. The unearthing of self.

This also explores the roots of Shamanism. Looking back to the earliest example of a chimera sculpture, The Lion Man from the Paleolithic Swabian Jura region in present day Germany, and moving forward to the continued development of this way of looking at the world in early Egyptian Mythology, to the Native American Mythologies and finally to its presence in Contemporary Art. The artist as Shaman. This completes a circle where the earliest Shamans were the makers of the Paleolithic Paintings and Sculptures, the earliest art forms in human history. They observed the world around them and answered their questions in visual form, exploring the unknown through visual proofs. It was about understanding one’s place in the world, just as artists currently do. But one thing Goode wants to focus on is the link to Native American Mythology and how mythologies are created to answer these great human stories and to inspire. This then leads back to self exploration and realization; something that is of great importance to artists. Not only on a personal level, but as a voice for a culture and people.

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