Joshua Callaghan: Family Tree



Josh Callaghan’s sculptures uncover the relations between commodity and culture, creating humanistic forms out of consumer products. For Callaghan, quotidian objects are a kind of societal gauge; their forms are reflections of our common values and therefore, ourselves. The Night Gallery exhibition featured in this film brings these interests to a markedly more monumental scale. Through the stylized landscape of “Family Tree,” Callaghan utilizes many materials such as camera tripods, sourced and repurposed by the artist to conduct a micro-survey of his shared life, and in turn suggest something essential about human behavior, social structures, and the passage of time.

Josh Callaghan holds an MFA in New Genres from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina Asheville. He has had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Harmony Murphy Gallery, Los Angeles; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich; and Bank Gallery, Los Angeles. In the fall of 2021, Callaghan’s interactive public artwork Social Block was on view at Flatiron Plaza in New York City, presented as part of Armory Off-Site by the Armory Show with the New York City Department of Transportation and the Flatiron/23rd Street Partnership. In 2019, his work was on view in the group show Weather Report at the Aldrich Museum of Art, Ridgefield. Callaghan has been featured in group presentations with Current LA: Water, Public Art Biennale, Los Angeles; Vapegoat Rising, Arturo Bandini at Ballroom Marfa, TX; Made in Space, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise, New York; and Frieze Sculpture Park, New York. His work has been written about in publications including Art & Object, Hyperallergic, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Times, Interview Magazine, LA Weekly, and the San Francisco Chronicle. His previous academic appointments include Senior Lecturer in the Fine Arts Department at Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles. Callaghan lives and works in Los Angeles.

Crew Credits:

Production:
Creator and Executive Producer – Hernán Díaz Alonso
Producers – Marcelyn Gow/Reza Monahan
Director – Reza Monahan
Director of Photography – Walker Sayen (TinDragon Media)
B Camera – Carlos Bonachea
C Camera – Jason Chapron
C&M Metal Videography – Alex De Leon
Production Assistant – Sam Sullivan
Sound Engineer – Carli Plute

Post-Production:
Story Producer – Vivian Charlesworth
Editors – Cal Crawford/Reza Monahan

Soundtrack:
“Blessings” by FVMELESS
“One Day at a Time” by Nomadic XXL

Additional Images and Video Provided by Joshua Callaghan

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