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MLA shopTALK: Joshua Mosley (Pennsylvania) 11/16/07

Fri, Nov 16/07

Associate Professor of Fine Arts, Animation and Digital Media

University of Pennsylvania

"Animated Landscapes"

Friday November 16, 2PM - Room 106

Philadelphia artist Joshua Mosley uses stop-motion animation to explore communication and the ways in which technology complicates it. His talk will include discussion of his working methods as well as screenings of his recent mixed media animations, including dread (2007). Installed at the fifty-second Venice Biennale, the work is a morality play in which the worlds of thought, imagination, and the subconscious are conjured and easy conclusions are forestalled. An animated photographic forest (above) is the background against which two characters—French philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Blaise Pascal—hold a conversation on the relationship between God-given natural order, free will, and the human condition.

Mosley is Associate Professor of Fine Arts in the School of Design at the University of Pennsylvania. He received his M.F.A. and B.F.A. from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and his A.A. from St. Louis Community College. His work in animation, sculpture, and drawing integrates his interests in poetry, philosophy, film, and music. Mosley is a recipient of the Joseph H. Hazen Rome Prize of the American Academy in Rome, the Pew Fellowship in the Arts, the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Fellowship. His work has been exhibited at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, Switzerland, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Donald Young Gallery in Chicago, and the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. His lastest work, dread, premiered this year at the Venice Biennale, 52nd International Art Exhibition. For more information, visit