Josh Dorman Performance and Exhibition, “Higher Ground”

January 29 through 31, the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design will bring internationally recognized artist, Josh Dorman to our Atlanta campus for a four-day visit. Dorman will be a part of a collaborative musical performance, visit graduate studios, and attend an opening reception for his solo-exhibition, “Higher Ground,” in the Welch School Gallery, curated by Stephanie Kolpy. The musical performance will take place at 5:30 in Kopleff Hall, Jan 31; Dorman’s stop motion animation videos will be set to a score written by School of Music Alumnus Chris Case and performed by four guest musicians.

Painter Josh Dorman’s use of historical signifiers make visible the timeline of human progress, while speaking to the dire implications of our technological achievements, and so-called dominion over the natural world. Dorman’s current work continues to suggest a prophetic narrative playing out on a metaphorical stage, revealing tension between evolutionary timelines, both human and ecological. He references the alteration of the natural world, pointing to the devastating result of climate change and the disappearance of species, but through a veil of otherwise innocuous if not highly celebrated expressions of human ingenuity.

Josh Dorman was born in Baltimore, Maryland in 1966. He lives and works in New York City and in the Catskill Mountains. He received a BA from Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY, and an MFA from Queens College, Flushing, NY. His work is represented by Ryan Lee Gallery in New York City, Koplin Del Rio in Seattle, and John Martin Gallery in London. His shows have been reviewed in ArtNews, Art in America, LA Times, BOMB Magazine, The Paris Review, Modern Painters, ArtForum, and The New Yorker, and has been the subject of essays by acclaimed authors Paul Auster, Nam Le and Michael Chabon.

“Higher Ground” will be on view from January 13 – March 1 in the Ernest G. Welch School Galleries and will include drawing, painting and stop-motion instillations by Josh Dorman in both the large and small galleries. The exhibition is curated by Printmaking Faculty Stephanie Kolpy.

Curatorial Statement:
“I first saw Josh Dorman’s work in New York, Chelsea District in 2008. I instantly fell in love with his visual language and prophetic compositions that seemed to unbury past neglects of humankind. His use of historical signifiers—depictions of architectural, agricultural, and scientific advancement, for example—have a way of making visible the timeline of human progress, while at the same time speaking to the dire implications of our technological achievements, and so-called dominion over the natural world. Dorman’s current work continues to suggest a prophetic narrative playing out on a metaphorical stage, revealing tension between evolutionary timelines, both human and ecological. We see highly astute yet subtle references to our permanent alteration of the natural world, pointing to the devastating result of climate change and the disappearance of species, but through a veil of otherwise innocuous if not highly celebrated expressions of human ingenuity. This simultaneity of both triumph and failure in his compositions has a lasting effect, and sheds light on tension between human grief and human aspiration. Given the state of our current ecological crisis, and the enormous necessity for educating both students and the general public on this matter, Dorman’s work is more relevant than ever.”

The music + art performance will be held in Kopleff Recital Hall with a reception to follow. The event if free and open to the public, but tickets are required on Eventbrite.

This event is cohosted by the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Visiting Artist and Scholar Series, Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design Gallery, the Center for Collaboration and Innovation in the Arts (CENCIA), and the Georgia State University – College of the Arts.