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LA | Inaugural Solo Exhibition of Josh Paul Thomas | “R e i n t e n t i o n s” (NSFW)

R E I N T E N T I O N S
Josh Paul Thomas
January 13, 2018 – February 24, 2018

Museum​ ​as​ ​Retail​ ​Space​ ​(MaRS)​ ​is​ ​pleased​ ​to​ ​present​ ​REINTENTIONS​ ​by​ ​Josh​ ​Paul​ ​Thomas.​ ​The exhibition​ ​shows​ ​photographic,​ ​drawing,​ ​painting,​ ​and​ ​video​ ​work​ ​in​ ​an​ ​immersive​ ​atmospheric installation. marsgallery.net

“…when​ ​we​ ​call​ ​to​ ​mind​ ​the​ ​past,​ ​i.e.​ ​a​ ​series​ ​of​ ​deeds​ ​done,​ ​we​ ​always​ ​shorten​ ​it,​ ​without​ ​however distorting​ ​the​ ​nature​ ​of​ ​the​ ​event​ ​which interests​ ​us.​ ​The​ ​reason​ ​is​ ​that​ ​we​ ​know​ ​it​ ​already;​ ​for​ ​the psychic​ ​state,​ ​when​ ​it​ ​reaches​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​progress​ ​which​ ​constitutes​ ​its​ ​very​ ​existence,​ ​becomes​ ​a thing​ ​which​ ​one​ ​can​ ​picture​ ​to​ ​oneself​ ​all​ ​at​ ​once.​ ​Here​ ​we​ ​find​ ​ourselves​ ​in​ ​the​ ​same​ ​position​ ​as​ ​the astronomer,​ ​when​ ​he​ ​takes​ ​in​ ​at​ ​a​ ​glance​ ​the​ ​orbit​ ​which​ ​a​ ​planet​ ​will​ ​need​ ​several​ ​years​ ​to​ ​traverse.” from​ ​Henri​ ​Bergson’s​ ​Time​ ​and​ ​Free​ ​Will

Inspired​ ​by​ ​the​ ​power​ ​dynamics​ ​of​ ​the​ ​phallus,​ ​and​ ​being​ ​equally​ ​responsive​ ​to​ ​thought​ ​as​ ​to​ ​feeling, Josh​ ​Paul​ ​Thomas​ ​explores​ ​the​ ​violent​ ​and​ ​healing​ ​inertias​ ​of​ ​undefinable​ ​intention​ ​-​ ​both intentionally​ ​and​ ​unintentionally. We​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​intention​ ​is​ ​a​ ​state​ ​of​ ​mind,​ ​frozen​ ​at​ ​the​ ​time​ ​of​ ​an​ ​event,​ ​and​ ​a​ ​change​ ​of feelings​ ​towards​ ​that​ ​event​ ​can​ ​be​ ​inconsequential.​ ​We​ ​also​ ​tend​ ​to​ ​believe​ ​that​ ​we​ ​are​ ​either​ ​in​ ​a role​ ​of​ ​master​ ​or​ ​slave​ ​in​ ​a​ ​sensual​ ​act,​ ​but​ ​our​ ​voyeurism​ ​of​ ​it​ ​is​ ​incidental.​ ​However,​ ​in​ ​both​ ​cases, the​ ​feelings​ ​we​ ​have​ ​towards​ ​the​ ​event,​ ​and​ ​our​ ​observation​ ​of​ ​the​ ​participants,​ ​allows​ ​for​ ​the​ ​ability to​ ​recreate​ ​‘intention’​ ​and​ ​‘role’.

The​ ​photographer​ ​is​ ​both​ ​master​ ​and​ ​slave​ ​to​ ​the​ ​image,​ ​both​ ​cerebral​ ​and​ ​sensuous​ ​towards​ ​it​ ​- controlling​ ​the​ ​access​ ​of​ ​voyeurism,​ ​but​ ​dependent​ ​on​ ​its​ ​subjects.​ ​Through​ ​the​ ​medium​ ​of​ ​cock, Thomas​ ​tempts​ ​the​ ​exploration​ ​of​ ​true​ ​liberation​ ​from​ ​power​ ​and​ ​judgement​ ​for​ ​participant​ ​and observer.​ ​The​ ​release​ ​of​ ​defined​ ​intention,​ ​with​ ​regard​ ​to​ ​both​ ​role​ ​and​ ​act,​ ​unleashes​ ​generative violence​ ​and​ ​healing.
This​ ​eruption​ ​is​ ​at​ ​the​ ​core​ ​of​ ​our​ ​power​ ​to​ ​create​ ​ourselves,​ ​like​ ​a​ ​raging​ ​volcano​ ​becoming​ ​its​ ​own island.

Exhibition​ ​Text​ ​by​ ​Robert​ ​Zin​ ​Stark

Through the medium of COCK, Thomas tempts the exploration of true liberation from power and judgement for participant and observer.

Josh​ ​Paul​ ​Thomas​ ​(b.​ ​1985​ ​Healdsburg,​ ​California)
Working​ ​across​ ​mediums​ ​of​ ​installation,​ ​video,​ ​drawing,​ ​painting,​ ​performance,​ ​and​ ​photography, Thomas​ ​has​ ​focused​ ​on​ ​the​ ​classical​ ​male​ ​nude​ ​in​ ​its​ ​contemporary​ ​context​ ​of​ ​taboo​ ​and objectification​ ​over​ ​the​ ​past​ ​decade. Navigating​ ​the​ ​tricky​ ​divide​ ​between​ ​counter-culture​ ​and​ ​commercial-culture,​ ​Thomas​ ​naturally began​ ​a​ ​creative​ ​relationship​ ​with​ ​designer​ ​Bernhard​ ​Willhelm,​ ​who​ ​over​ ​the​ ​years​ ​has​ ​allowed​ ​him
unadulterated​ ​artistic​ ​freedom​ ​in​ ​photographing​ ​his​ ​collections​ ​and​ ​muses.​ ​These​ ​include​ ​cultural icons​ ​such​ ​as​ ​Joe​ ​Dallesandro,​ ​Tony​ ​Ward,​ ​and​ ​Pamela​ ​Anderson.​ ​His​ ​work​ ​has​ ​been​ ​featured​ ​in Vogue,​ ​Interview​ ​Magazine,​ ​Physique​ ​Pictorial,​ ​Headmaster​ ​Magazine,​ ​Advocate,​ ​and​ other​ ​notable publications.

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