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Josh Tonies

Ulterior Motion

This play is a reflection on the (im)possibility of accepting diversity and the other. The fragmented body of the neoplasm—the fruit of unstable conditions—overcomes barriers, loves and denies itself and others, wanders around, forgetting its profession. It frequently and with pleasure divides, goes through dangerous palpation, questions the possibility of contact with the experience of the other. Poorly brought up but very successful, it invites us to a trans-species transition.

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Artist Statement

While seated aboard a return flight from Seattle, I found myself fascinated by the landscape from my view inside the airplane cabin. Particularly, the alien stretch of land during my descent over Dallas Fort Worth left me considering how a simple change in elevation could transform the way I constructed my understanding of space. My changing view of the remote landscape from the aircraft brought me to think about the elasticity and usability of our sources of information and the way they have shifted and displaced our orientation. The experience of the remote has increased within my lifetime, and with it has come a building awareness of simultaneous events, chronologies, and relationships. It has generated a dislocated but interesting connection to ideas, people, and events that I had a distant view of, and perhaps only a glimpse into. This work is a meditation on that distance.

When

2009

About The Artist

Josh Tonies lives and works in Braddock, PA. His current work explores transient structures. Mining systematic imagery such as technical illustration, security patterns from envelopes, and architectural diagrams, he reconfigures these depictions of space into slippery windows. He has exhibited his work nationally at Mass MoCa, Light Industry in Brooklyn, and internationally at Meinblau e.V in Berlin.

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