Old man zeus
This artwork features repeated screen-print images of an ancient marble bust of the Greek god Zeus. The artist then overlaid the composition with abstract marks, creating a kind of visual vocabulary of abstract painting.
Both humorous and compelling, this recent series of artworks by Josh Reames breaks down the hierarchy of images and information found in our social media-obsessed culture.
A unique voice for the “doom scroll” generation, Josh Reames makes paintings that are a conglomerate of signs and signifiers, blurring the lines between lowbrow graphics, high art, and internet meme culture. Influenced by the likes of Albert Oehlen and Sigmar Polke, Reames paints with a flair for expressive mark-making and a love of overall compositions. The result is a practice that breaks down the hierarchy of images and information in a post-modern reflection on our social media-obsessed culture.
Josh Reames was born in 1985 in Dallas, TX, and currently resides in Upstate NY. He received his BFA from the University of North Texas, TX (2007) and his MFA, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL (2012).
Reames has mounted solo exhibitions at Galerie Frank Elbaz in Dallas, TX; Over The Influence in Los Angeles, CA; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago; Brand New Gallery, Milan; and Josh Lilley Gallery, London.
He has been included in group exhibitions such as I’m Feeling Much Better Now at Selenas Mountain in Ridgewood, NY; Scenes from the American Landscape at Team Gallery, New York; Painting Zeitgeist at Achenbach Hagemeier, Berlin; Continuous Surfaces at Andrea Rosen Gallery, NYC; and Post Analogue Painting at The Hole, NYC.
He was awarded residencies at the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, FL; the La Brea Residency in Los Angeles, CA; and the Ox-Bow Fall residency. Reames’ work has been written about in The New York Times, Artforum (2018), Blouin Art Info (2017), Juxtapoz (2016), Artnews (2016), and Hyperallergic (2015).