Simon Preston is delighted to present Josh Tonsfeldt’s third exhibition at the gallery, opening on Wednesday 24 April and running until 2 June, 2013. This will be followed by an accompanying exhibition at Galerie VidalCuglietta, Brussels, opening 24 May until 12 July, 2013.
Often beginning with personal history, degrees of removal are enacted onto materials and form. Disrupting fixed moments in a photograph by intervening in each layer of the process from capturing, storing, organizing and printing, the subject is abstracted into something broader and more universal.
This exhibition begins with a diagrammatic layering of three places: the floor plans of an abandoned family home in Iowa, Simon Preston Gallery and Galerie VidalCuglietta. The central component in both shows is a structure which follows the outline of the home which burned down several years ago. Each exhibition space represents overlapping sections of the home here represented by eighteen plaster casts of the gallery floor and traces of furniture. Tonsfeldt sifted through and collected materials from around the house, and these elements, along with photographs and video from the site serve as starting points for other works within the show.
Tonsfeldt’s work has recently been included in: Lost and Found, Anonymous Photography in Reflection, curated by Bob Nickas, Ambach and Rice, Los Angeles; group exhibition, Mitchell Innes & Nash, New York; New York: Directions, Points of Interest, Massimo De Carlo, Milan, Italy; Circulate / What’s Next Foam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Heads With Tails, curated by West Street Gallery, Harris Lieberman, New York; Looking Back: The White Columns Annual; Sculpture Center’s In Practice series. Previous solo exhibitions include Simon Preston, New York, and Franco Soffiantino Gallery, Turin. He will be included in Out of Memory at Marianne Boesky Gallery’s uptown location from 18 April to 18 May, 2013.