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Josh Reames


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SAPIEN, 2018


107 X 72 IN


Josh Reames new body of work, #PAINTING, considers abstraction and painting in relation to the internet, and is informed by the strange space where a majority of viewership takes place online through blogs and websites. In these new paintings, depth, dimension, and the artist's hand are typically lost in translation from object to image, allowing the information to exist as it might appear on a digital screen.

Reames' conceptual framework functions as a kind of filtration device for cultural byproduct and its attending relativism, literally flattening disparate images and references and thereby removing their hierarchy. In this evanescence, a compendium of signs, text and symbols (emoji, letters, text, and numbers—doubling as marks, sprayed or squeezed), objects (cigarettes, fried eggs, bombs, tennis balls), and cultural icons (Gumby, female breasts) are all flattened to the same–level composition.

Reames' stream of metadata abstraction could be translated in this way:

#relativity #IRL #ubiquity #girl #animation #zztop #cruisin #sports #abstraction #URL #emoji #warhol #instagood #iphonesia #L.A. #simpsons #breakfast #figurepainting #XXX #chat #bones #paper #me #picoftheday #gardening #vacation #gumby #dialogue #blogspot #wildwest #academia #millenial #agentorange #tropix #billclinton #yellow #tbt #shopping #psychedelics #sextme #composition #aliens #mine #bigbiz #okay #overexposure #nudes #startrek #summer #deef #joerogan #vegas #escapism #midnight #punksnotdead #idealist #A.I. #snowflake

In fact, Reames' paintings are made to confuse this space. He wants the content and information in his paintings to be understood the same way one would understand a Google image search—a field in which images and forms are constantly shifting and any authoritative meaning is nearly impossible to pin down. This approach constitutes a way of viewing reality that is synonymous with our contemporary experience of spending nearly 24 hours per week (the current average for American adults) blog–surfing or scrolling through the web.

Josh Reames (b. 1985, Dallas, TX) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He earned his MFA (2012) from the Art Institute of Chicago and BFA (2007) from University of North Texas. Reanes has exhibited in a number of institutions and galleries, including LVL3, Devening Projects, Andrew Rafacz, Carrie Secrist, Hyde Park Art Center, and the Union League Club, Chicago; The Hole, Muelensteen, and Monya Rowe Gallery, New York; Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas; and Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, among others. In 2012, Reames was artist–in–residence at Ox Bow (funded by Joan Mitchell Foundation) in Saugatuck, Michigan.


Born 1985, Dallas, TX
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY



2012 M.F.A., The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2007 B.F.A., University of North Texas, Denton, TX


"Don't cross streams while trading horses," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"the ants are my friends, and they’re blowin’ in the wind," Jacob Lewis Gallery, New York, NY
"texting while driving," Bill Brady Gallery, Miami, FL

"Josh Reames + José Lerma," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Wet & Wild," Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy
"Trash Day," Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL

"poise in the noise," Josh Lilley Gallery, London, United Kingdom
EXPO CHICAGO, presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Chicago, IL
"Time Flies Like a Banana" (with Greg Ito and Ron Ewert), Johannes Vogt Gallery, New York, NY
"Carl & Sloan" (with Wendy White), Portland, OR
"CO-ED" (with Amber Renaye), Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, TX
VOLTA NY, presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, New York, NY

"#PAINTING," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"Suntan" (with Alistair Matthews), Moroso Projects, San Francisco, CA
"Au Naturel," Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy

"Tripper," Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX
"AND," Union League Club, Chicago, IL

"Conventional wisdom" (with Ron Ewert), Autumn Space, Chicago, IL

"What Lies beneath" (with Deb Sokolow), Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, LA

"Mendeleevian Spectre," Ft. Worth Community Art Center, Ft. Worth, TX
"Anti-Matter," Darke Gallery, Houston, TX


"Im/material: Painting in the Digital Age," Sophia Contemporary Gallery, London, United Kingdom
"Postcards from America," Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
"Wave," COUNTY, Tampa, FL
"Post Analogue Painting 2," The Hole, New York, NY

"Taste My Raindrops," Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, FL
"Landfill/Bedrock," Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"MirrorMirror," Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY
"New American Paintings," Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL
"Surreal," Koenig Galerie, Berlin, Germany
"The Aging Coconut," Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico
"Imagine," Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

"Continuous Surfaces" (with Sarah Cwynar, Cole Sayer, and Lukas Geronimas), Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, NY
"The Negative Hand," Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico
UNTITLED Miami, presented by Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Miami, FL
"HA HA! BUSINESS," Luis De Jesus Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA
"SURPH" (curated by Josh Reames and Adriana Marietta), The Barn Show, East Hampton, NY
"Baudrillard’s America," Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
"Five," LVL3, Chicago, IL
"2159 Miles" (curated by Brand New Gallery), San Juan, Puerto Rico

"The Go Between," Museo Di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy
"Buying Friends," Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI
"Cat Call," 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA
"Ducks" (curated by Ryan Travis Christian), Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
"All of us together," Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
"For Your Eyes Only," Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy

"YOU ARE HERE," The Hole, New York, NY
"Timeshares," LVL3, Chicago, IL
"SHIT IS REAL," Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, IL

"Go to Pieces," Monya Rowe, New York, NY
"Sea Change," Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, IL
"WHITE NOISE," Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, TX
"Did You See Heaven?," Peregrine Program, Chicago, IL
"PLANTimPLANT," Dittrich & Schlechtem, Berlin, Germany
"Ground Floor 2012," Hyde Park Art Center, Hyde Park, IL
"New Curators, New Ideas," Meulensteen, New York, NY
"Issuing Forth," Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago, IL