Josh Azzarella (b. 1978, Ohio) creates videos and photographs that explore the power of context in the authorship of memory, oftentimes utilizing seminal moments in pop culture and news media to create accessible confrontations with historiography. By illuminating the individual encounter with communal experiences, Azzarella evaluates the perception of realness – which can ultimately be rooted in both the fantastic as much as the pragmatic.
Azzarella was the recipient of the 2006 Emerging Artist Award and related solo exhibition from The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum (CT). He has previously shown at the California Museum of Photography (CA), University Art Museum, Long Beach (CA), Vancouver Art Gallery (Canada), Kavi Gupta Gallery (IL), Academie der Kunste (Berlin), Sean Kelly Gallery (NY), Catharine Clark Gallery (CA) and DCKT Gallery (NY). His work is included in the permanent collection of the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (CA), The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (CA), and Western Bridge (WA). He lives and works in New York, NY.
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Eyes In - Video Artists Disturb and Confront at Mark Moore
The Girl Who Knew Too Much - Josh Azzarella: duration, the familiar, and the cinematic
BlouinARTINFO - Moving Image, New York's Video Fair, Returns With Bigger, Better Screens (And More Nudity)
California State University Art Museum, Long Beach - Split Moment
LA Canvas - Mark Moore Gallery: The Kids Are Alright
Art LTD - Reviews: Los Angeles
The Huffington Post - Haiku Reviews
Daily Serving - Mark Moore Gallery Wraps Up Josh Azzarella
Daily Du Jour - Preview: Josh Azzarella @ Mark Moore Gallery
Mark Moore Gallery Statements - Josh Azzarella
OC Art Blog - Metadataphile
The New Yorker -
Beautiful/Decay - Recognize This Scene?
Daily du Jour - Preview: Kim Rugg & Josh Azzarella
Flavorwire - Art Cinema: The World Beyond YouTube
Flavorpill - Josh Azzarella: Untitled #100 (Fantasia)
Visual Arts Briefs - De-Thrilling Thriller
Daily Serving - Ultrasonic IV at Mark Moore
Flavorpill - Editorial Pick: Ultrasonic IV
ArtSlant - Josh Azzarella and the 20th Anniversary of Tiananmen Square
Chicago Tribune - Images Take On Haunting New Life
The New Yorker - Goings On About Town
The Village Voice - Josh Azzarella: Gone Missing
Aldrich Museum Solo Exhibition Brochure - Emerging Artist Award