Joshua Saunders

Rock Candy

June 3 – July 9, 2016
Opening Reception: June 3, 7–9

Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy
Joshua Saunders, Steve Turner, Los Angeles, UCSD MFA, enamel, finish fetish, behind the green door, rock climbing holds, rock candy

Rock Candy, Installation view, Steve Turner, June 2016

Rock Candy, Installation view, Steve Turner, June 2016

Rock Candy, Installation view, Steve Turner, June 2016

Rock Candy, Installation view, Steve Turner, June 2016

Hot_Mess, 2016. Enamel, polyurethane and steel bolts on panel, 67 x 47 inches

Red_Stripes, 2016. Enamel on panel and steel disks, polyurethane, eyebolts, quicklinks and nylon rope, 60 x 40 inches

Red_Stripes, 2016. Enamel on panel and steel disks, polyurethane, eyebolts, quicklinks and nylon rope, 60 x 40 inches

Blue_Stripes, 2016. Enamel on panel and steel disks, polyurethane, eyebolts, quicklinks and nylon rope, 60 x 40 inches

Blue_Stripes, 2016. Enamel on panel and steel disks, polyurethane, eyebolts, quicklinks and nylon rope, 60 x 40 inches (detail)

Orange_Stripes, 2016. Enamel on panel and steel disks, polyurethane, eyebolts, quicklinks and nylon rope, 60 x 40 inches

Orange_Stripes, 2016. Enamel on panel and steel disks, polyurethane, eyebolts, quicklinks and nylon rope, 60 x 40 inches (detail)

Deep_Blue, 2016. Enamel, polyurethane and steel bolts on panel, 67 x 47 inches

Deep_Blue, 2016. Enamel, polyurethane and steel bolts on panel, 67 x 47 inches (detail)

Behind_the_Green_Door, 2016. Enamel, polyurethane, steel eye bolts, quicklinks and chain on panel, 67 x 47 inches

Behind_the_Green_Door, 2016. Enamel, polyurethane, steel eye bolts, quicklinks and chain on panel, 67 x 47 inches

Behind_the_Green_Door, 2016. Enamel, polyurethane, steel eye bolts, quicklinks and chain on panel, 67 x 47 inches (detail)

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Steve Turner is pleased to present Rock Candy, a solo exhibition of new works by Joshua Saunders consisting of brightly colored enamel paintings on panel which have rock-climbing grips, chains and ropes attached to their surfaces. The artist aims to produce a tension between the elements, with the pristine, smooth and reflective candy-colored panels conveying “do not touch” while the attachments convey the opposite: “climb me.”

Joshua Saunders (born 1981, Salina, Kansas) spent his youth in Steamboat Springs, Colorado before earning a BFA at the University of Texas, Austin (2013.) He currently is an MFA candidate at the University of California, San Diego (2017) and has had solo exhibitions at CoLab, Austin (2009 & 2014). This is his first exhibition at Steve Turner.


Born 1981
Lives and works in San Diego

Education
2013 BFA, University of Texas, Austin
2017 MFA, University of California, San Diego

Solo Exhibitions
2016 Rock Candy, Steve Turner, Los Angeles
 2014 Kind of Blue, CoLab, Austin
2013 Re-Objectified, Do-Right Hall, Marfa
 2012 Crip/Blood, Domy Books, Austin
2011 Objectification, Big Medium, Austin
 Psuedo-Masochism, Wurhaus, Austin
2010 Wizard Sleeve, Birdhouse Gallery, Austin
 2009 Hanged Man, CoLab, Austin
Gluey Vuitton, Birdhouse Gallery, Austin

Group Exhibitions
2016 Object Type, UCSD SME Gallery, San Diego (Curated by Monique van Genderen and Kim MacConnel)
 2015 Creative Nights, Lux Art Institute, Encinitas, California (Curated by Mike Whiting)
2014 Cherry on Topless, Topless Gallery, Rockaway, New York (Curated by Brent Birnbaum and Jenni Crain)
Fun for Summer, Entwine, New York (Curated by Alison Kuo and CoWorker projects)
 2013 Tragic Songs From The Grassy Knoll, Dallas (Curated by Bruce Lee Webb)
Fall Risk, Eleven Seventeen Garland, Austin (Lance Letscher, Joshua Saunders)
2012 Juvenile Intention Center, Conduit Gallery, Dallas (Fahamu Pecou/ Stephen Lapthisophon/Joshua Saunders)
More Awkward Then Heavy, Up Collective, Austin (Curated by INK Tank Collective)
Teenage Wasteland, CoLab, Austin (Curated by Julia Hungerford)
2011 Monster Show #6, Domy Books, Austin (Curated by Russell Etchen, Alison Kuo, Travis Kent)
Swallow, 1400 Cedar, Austin (Curated by Jen Daly)
Gun and Knife Show, Cental Trak, University of Texas, Dallas (Curated by Heyd Fontenot)
 2010 Monster Show #5, Domy Books, Austin (Curated by Russell Etchen, Alison Kuo)
Texas Crude, CoLab, Austin (Curated by Matt Winters)
 Pretend You Are Rich, Austin (Curated by J. Haley)
Up to Something, Bay Six Gallery, Austin
2009 Silent Night, Birdhouse Gallery, Austin (Curated by Kevin Foote)
Monster Show #4, Domy Books, Austin (Curated by Russell Etchen, Alison Kuo)
 Teeny Tiny Diorama Zoo, CoLab, Austin (Curated by Amanda Jones)
Death Is Not The End, Holly Street Compound, Austin (Curated by Bill Jeffery)

Awards
2012 Artfagcity’s Rob Pruitt Awards: Best Use of Genitalia: February 2012
2012 Austin Critics Table Awards: Work of Art: Independent or Public Project Nominee, May 2012

Bibliography
2013 Campbell, Andy. “Top 10 Visual Arts of 2012,” Austin Chronicle, January 4
Frank, Priscilla. “George Bush Art Gagosian Bound? Internet Prank Had Us Worried For A Second,” The Huffington Post, March 26
2012 Chan, Tracie, “Joshua Saunders: Crip/Blood,” Austinist, January 13
Campbell, Andy, “‘Joshua Saunders: Crip/Blood’,” Austin Chronicle, February 17 Frank, Priscilla, “The 10 Best Art Pranks In History,” The Huffington Post, April 1 Geha, Katie, “Eleven Seventeen Garland,” Glasstire Texas, August 31
2011 Cooper, Duncan, “Dr. Dre Definitely Started Burning Man,” The Fader, February 10
Parkman, Dave . “Dr. Dre vs. The Hippies: Did Dre Try to Make Money Out of Burning Man?,” LA Weekly, February Grant, Drew, “Dr. Dre not actually responsible for Burning Man sucking,” Salon, February 25
Cooper, Duncan, ”Respect Yourself: Exclusive Interview with the ‘Dr.Dre Started Burning Man’ Whistleblower,” The Fader, March 7
van Ryzin, Jeanne Claire, “A little take on Marfa’s culture clash.” Austin 360, October 26
2010 Franco, Josh, “”INTERVIEW: Joshua Saunders with Josh T. Franco,” zing magazine, July 27 Nelson, Austin, “Misinform: Joshua Saunders Interpreted,” Cantanker Magazine, Summer 2010.