Josh Reames


Dallas, USA, 1985

Josh Reames’ paintings use contemporary tools available on the Internet to create surreal patchworks of contemporary signs and symbols that portray the flattening of artistic hierarchies in our postmodern world. Reames employs computer drawing applications and Google images to create assemblages of “modern hieroglyphs.” His work considers abstraction and painting in relation to the Internet and is informed by the strange, new space where a majority of viewership takes place: online through blogs and websites. In his paintings, depth, dimension, and the artist’s hand are typically lost in translation from object to image, allowing the information to exist as it would appear on a digital screen. His conceptual framework functions as a kind of filtration device for cultural byproducts and its attending relativism, flattening signs, text and symbols, cultural objects and icons to the same-level composition, thereby removing their hierarchy.

Reames’ work has been exhibited at The Hole, New York, USA; Johannes Vogt, New York, USA; Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles, USA; Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, USA; Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK; Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy; Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy; Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, Germany, and Koenig Galerie, Berlin, Germany. He lives and works in Brooklyn.

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Solo exhibitions

2017 | Don’t cross streams while trading horses | Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles, USA

2017 | the ants are my friends, and they’re blowin’ in the wind | Jacob Lewis Gallery. New York, USA

2017 | texting while driving | Bill Brady Gallery, Miami, USA

2016 | Wet & Wild | Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

2016 | Josh Reames + Jose Lerma | Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles, USA

2016 | Trash Day | Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, USA

2015 | poise in the noise | Josh Lilley Gallery, London, UK

2014 | AU NATUREL | Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy

2014 | #PAINTING | Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles, USA

2013 | Tripper | Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, USA

2013 | AND | Union League Club, Chicago, USA

2009 | Mendeleevian Spectre | Ft. Worth Community Art Center, Ft. Worth, USA

2009 | Anti-Matter | Darke Gallery, Houston, USA

Group exhibitions (selection)

2018 | Guerrero Gallery. San Francisco, USA

2018 | In the Depth of Surface | Pablos Birthday, New York, USA

2017 | Postcards from America | Celaya Brothers Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2017 | Wave | COUNTY, Tampa, USA

2017 | Post Analogue Painting 2 | The Hole, New York, USA

2016 | Taste My Braindrops | Mindy Solomon Gallery, Miami, USA

2016 | Landfill/Bedrock | Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2016 | MirrorMirror | Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, USA

2016 | New American Paintings | Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, USA

2016 | Surreal | Koenig Galerie, Berlin, Germany

2016 | The Aging Coconut | Roberto Paradise, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2016 | Imagine | Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy

2015 | Continuous Surfaces | Andrea Rosen Gallery, New York, USA

2015 | Time Flies Like a Banana | Johannes Vogt, New York, USA

2015 | CO-ED | Oliver Francis Gallery, Dallas, USA

2015 | The Negative Hand | Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico

2015 | HA HA! Business | Luis de Jesus, Los Angeles, USA

2015 | Baudrillard’s America | Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, USA

2015 | Post Analogue Painting | The Hole, New York, USA

2015 | Five | LVL3, Chicago, USA

2015 | 2159 Miles | Off-site exhibition. Brand New Gallery, San Juan, Puerto Rico

2014 | Suntan (with Alistair Matthews) | Moroso Projects, San Francisco, USA

2014 | The Go-Between | Museo Di Capodimonte, Naples, Italy

2014 | Buying Friends | Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, USA

2014 | Cat Call | 356 Mission, Los Angeles, USA

2014 | Ducks | Curated by Ryan Travis Christian. Greenpoint Terminal Gallery, Brooklyn, USA

2014 | All of us together | Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, USA

2014 | For Your Eyes Only | Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy

2013 | YOU ARE HERE | The Hole, New York, USA

2013 | Timeshares1 | LVL3, Chicago, USA

2013 | SHIT IS REAL | Devening Projects + Editions, Chicago, USA

2012 | Go to Pieces | Monya Rowe, New York, USA

2012 | Sea Change | Andrew Rafacz Gallery, Chicago, USA

2012 | WHITE NOISE | Circuit 12 Contemporary, Dallas, USA

2012 | Did You See Heaven? | Peregrine Program, Chicago, USA

2012 | PLANTimPLANT | Dittrich & Schlechtriem, Berlin, Germany

2012 | Ground Floor 2012 | Hyde Park Art Center, Illinois, USA

2012 | New Curators, New Ideas | Meulensteen, New York, USA

2012 | Issuing Forth | Robert Bills Contemporary, Chicago, USA

2012 | Conventional wisdom | Autumn Space, Chicago, USA

2011 | What LIes beneath | Good Children Gallery, New Orleans, USA

2011 | PAINTED | Curated by Tyson Reeder. Green Gallery, Milwaukee, USA

2011 | Beach Party 4 | The Hills Esthetic Center, Chicago, USA

2011 | New New Chicagoans | Co-prosperity Sphere, Chicago, USA

2011 | A Coupling | Hungryman Gallery, Chicago, USA

2011 | Chicago 7 | Darke Gallery, Houston, USA

2011 | A Healthy Skepticism | Swimming Pool Project Space, Chicago, USA

2009 | Joseph Frasca Memorial Works on Paper Exhibition | Around the Coyote Gallery, Chicago, USA

2009 | ArtHouston: Introductions | Darke Gallery, Houston, USA

2009 | 500X Expo 2009 | 500X Gallery, Dallas, USA

Residencies

2012 | Ox-Bow fall residency, Saugatuck, Michigan (full funding sponsored by Joan Mitchell Foundation)

2019 | Fountainhead Residency, Miami, USA

Awards

2012 | Lucie Hartrath Scholarship

2011 | Juror’s pick – New American Paintings, Midwest Edition #95

2011 | Joseph/Emily Gidwitz Scholarship

2010 | Club Choice Award, Union League Club of Chicago – Civic & Arts Foundation

2010 | SAIC Incentive Scholarship, Chicago, USA

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