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Wagga Wagga Art Gallery | Joshua Thomas: Points of Contact

Image: Joshua Thomas, My Father 2015, inkjet print.
 
 
Wagga Wagga Art Gallery invites you to the launch of the new exhibition by local photographer Joshua Thomas, Points of Contact, in the E3 art space on Friday 15 September, at 6pm. Points of Contact presents a series of large black and white photographs depicting a distant and unresolved relationship between father and son, and the search for closure and rekindling.
 
In this exhibition project, Joshua Thomas explores the relationship between his father as a fighter and himself as an artist, photographing his sport as their shared communicative bond. His aim is to document the strong systemically implied values of traditional masculinity that many men abide by within their sport. This shared concept feeds into impressionable youth who look up to the older male figure, as they might a father, and adopt their values in order to please them.
 
Accompanied the large black and photos are a number of found photographs that have been given a new appropriation, aiding to the idea of complex relationships and the concept of ‘The Father’s Wound’ – the idea of an individual identifying with a certain mentally straining emotion when reflecting on one’s own father and son relationship.
 
Describing his work, Joshua Thomas says, “I aim to draw out the complicated issues regarding a father and son’s relationship highlighting that there has been a long systematically inclined distance between them. The work’s intentions are to create a discussion on the idea of fatherhood in contemporary society, that there are more unique identities to be analysed within parenting than just what we are typically fed through mainstream media.”
 
Joshua Thomas is a recent graduate in photography and graphic design, with honours in photography, from the School of Communication and Creative Industries at Charles Sturt University. He was a finalist in the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, exhibited in London and UK; and has also exhibited in photographic prizes at the Murray Art Museum Albury (MAMA) and Hazelhurst Regional Gallery in Sydney.
 
Joshua Thomas: Points of Contact will be officially launched on Friday 15 September at 6pm, in the E3 art space at Wagga Wagga Art Gallery. The exhibition will be on display from Saturday 16 September until Sunday 24 September, 2017.
 
For more information visit the Wagga Wagga Art Gallery website, email gallery@wagga.nsw.gov.au or call (02) 6926 9660.