Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around

Jul 10, 2013 - Aug 11, 2013

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Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David Johnson

Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David Johnson

Greeting Card, 2013. Jacquard-woven Egyptian cotton, hand-dyed woven hemp, indigo, cochineal, silver thread, and greeting card on linen, 80 x 144 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: David Johnson

Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David Johnson

Greeting Card (detail), 2013. Jacquard-woven Egyptian cotton, hand-dyed woven hemp, indigo, cochineal, silver thread, and greeting card on linen, 80 x 144 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: Jay Jones

Greeting Card (detail), 2013. Jacquard-woven Egyptian cotton, hand-dyed woven hemp, indigo, cochineal, silver thread, and greeting card on linen, 80 x 144 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: Jay Jones

Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David Johnson

February (coffee at MoKaBe’s), 2013. Jacquard woven Egyptian cotton, and indigo on linen, 80 x 72 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: Jay Jones

Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David Johnson

Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David Johnson

Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David Johnson

Legs, 2013. Disaster blanket, paint, denim, wicked witch legs, fabric, political pin, hemp, poplar, and spray paint, 49 x 73 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: David Johnson

Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David JohnsonJosh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David JohnsonGreeting Card, 2013. Jacquard-woven Egyptian cotton, hand-dyed woven hemp, indigo, cochineal, silver thread, and greeting card on linen, 80 x 144 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: David JohnsonJosh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David JohnsonGreeting Card (detail), 2013. Jacquard-woven Egyptian cotton, hand-dyed woven hemp, indigo, cochineal, silver thread, and greeting card on linen, 80 x 144 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: Jay JonesGreeting Card (detail), 2013. Jacquard-woven Egyptian cotton, hand-dyed woven hemp, indigo, cochineal, silver thread, and greeting card on linen, 80 x 144 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: Jay JonesJosh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David JohnsonFebruary (coffee at MoKaBe’s), 2013. Jacquard woven Egyptian cotton, and indigo on linen, 80 x 72 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: Jay JonesJosh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David JohnsonJosh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David JohnsonJosh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around, installation view, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, July 10–August 11, 2013. Photo: David JohnsonLegs, 2013. Disaster blanket, paint, denim, wicked witch legs, fabric, political pin, hemp, poplar, and spray paint, 49 x 73 inches. Courtesy the artist and Lisa Cooley, New York. Photo: David Johnson

FRONT ROOM

July 10–August 11, 2013

Opening reception: 
Wednesday, July 10, 6:00pm
Artist talk 6:30 

Related program:

Sunday Studio: Indigo Dying
Sunday, July 14, 1:00pm

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Josh Faught creates exuberant large-scale textiles works that employ an array of techniques—including knitting, crocheting, weaving, painting, and sculpture—and use everyday materials such as nail polish, sequins, posters, buttons, Xeroxed images, and more. This formal pastiche is echoed in the various influences and movements that inform his practice, from suburban self-help culture and twentieth-century crafts to feminism and queerness. Invoking familiar items like granny squares and felted sweaters as well as cultural touchstones like the AIDS Memorial Quilt (1987), Faught’s work demonstrates the ability of fiber to be the source of both personal comfort and political agitation. He will present a new body of work in the Front Room.

Josh Faught (b. 1979, St. Louis) lives and works in San Francisco. He has had recent solo exhibitions at Lisa Cooley, New York (2012, 2010); Western Bridge, Seattle (2010); and the Seattle Art Museum (2009). His work has been featured in group exhibitions at University Art Museum, Albany (2012); Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York (2011); Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft (2009); and Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago (2007), amongst others. Faught is the recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant (2011) and the Betty Bowen Award, Seattle Art Museum (2009). He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently an Assistant Professor at the California College of Arts. 

Josh Faught: Snacks, Supports, and Something to Rally Around is organized by the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis and curated by Kelly Shindler, Assistant Curator.