Thesis: Josh Dannin

The academic engine that fuels so much artistic print production and inquiry hits a fever pitch at this time of year with students at all levels of higher education producing culminate work toward their various degrees. The future of print belongs to these young minds so why not survey what they’re making. Printeresting will be sharing a sampling of thesis work from all over the US and beyond in a series called All These Theses.

Printeresting’s very own Josh Dannin is receiving an MFA in Printmaking from the Ohio University in Athens, Ohio. Yes, in addition to being a prolific contributor to the site, he’s also had time to make artwork and earn a terminal degree! According to Josh, “The show opened this past Friday night at the Majestic Galleries in Nelsonville, OH, and in an absolutely bizarre and unfortunate turn of events, abruptly closed about 24 hours later due to a pretty giant fire in the adjacent building. Fortunately no one was hurt, and somehow the artwork appears to be unharmed. Everything was uninstalled with the help of the Fire Marshall the following morning to avoid possible smoke and water damage.” Bizarre, indeed! Glad no one was hurt.

This summer, after a few weeks in Rome, Josh is relocating to Pittsburgh, PA where he’s opening Directangle Press. Here is a statement…

PROPOSITION 06.00415 offers one possible outcome in an examination of systematic production and modular construction. Motivated by the seriality, pattern, and function of tract housing and other modular block structures, I use the framework of the grid to reimagine space and form. The puzzle-like nature of each composition is the result of working with a kit of parts – an alphabet of sorts – derivative of architectural components and simple building blocks.
 
The process of composing and ultimately printing each piece is much like a construction job in itself, relying on mathematical structure and organization. These compositions walk the line between representation and abstraction, both referential of architectural plans and structures, yet also readable as strictly formal explorations. They are simultaneously plastic and rigid, physically locked into place by process and also infinitely reworkable. The work maintains a minimal aesthetic and selective palette to emphasize the formal and process-driven experimentation within.
 
Completed works are titled in a serial manner, suggesting that any particular piece is simply one version or possibility; a proposal or suggestion of how it could be done. PROPOSITION 06.00415 offers one possible outcome.

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