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False Memory

Josh Rowell

False Memory

Josh Rowell, In Event of Moon Disaster, 2020, Acrylic on canvas, Courtesy the Artist ©Josh Rowell

Rowell has recently embarked on a series of artworks called the ‘Painting Language Series’ that examines the meeting point of art, technology and language. In Event of Moon Disaster is part of this series and seeks to explore the boundary between digital aesthetics and the nature of the hand- made; between the virtual and the real. Using passages of text, Rowell paints the corresponding language in a complex system of colour coding, so that the viewer has the potential to read the painting in both its original and altered state. The deliberate physicality of the pieces, along with the adoption of the traditional paint on canvas technique provides an interesting juxtaposition with the nature of the intangible virtual world upon which the piece comments. The work is coded using the speech that President Nixon would have given had Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin’s space mission gone awry. The speech represents a moment that never came to pass and is the creation of a memory that never actually existed. 

Josh Rowell lives and works in Kent. He has exhibited both nationally and internationally and is represented in public collections including the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Rowell won the Public Choice award at the VIA Arts Prize 2017, and was included in Future Now, the yearly publication by Aesthetica listing the 100 most interesting emerging artists of the year. In 2019 he was selected for the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition.