Raz’s practice contemplates the empirical and implicit qualities of an image, object and environment. His work transcends the boundaries of confinement, resulting in an image that oscillates between cohesion and chaos.
Josh Raz’s practice challenges how imagery articulates reality in response to the saturation of images we see on a daily basis. In his works, Raz conveys when fact becomes simulation through his blurred spaces between the inside and the outside. The audience becomes desensitised to these images and therefore, no longer recognises the reality in Raz’s works.
From decades of image appropriation, objects and images have been repurposed and relocated. Their original purpose has shifted and been given a new sense of value and use. Over years of image and object appropriation, the original version has been reduced to an outline which treads on the boundary between the real and the artificial. Raz responds to this with his boundaryless images with faint outlines of objects, indicating the deterioration of reality and image.
Josh Raz is a Newcastle-based British painter, born in 1993. In 2016, Josh graduated from Newcastle University and was the winner of the prestigious London gallery HIX award. Joshua exhibited at Gallagher & Turner in early 2019 and this August Unit Uncovers showcases Josh’s unique fractured and perspective images at Unit London Mayfair.