Prior to a career in art, Joshua Liebowitz (b. 1980, New Jersey, USA) practiced music and performance. While studying new music composition at Columbia University in the City of New York, Joshua was introduced to poet Rodrigo Toscano, whose highly performative style left a considerable impression on him. Liebowitz turned his attention to contemporary poetics, receiving mentorship from Toscano amid earning his BA in English. While recovering from a personal tragedy following graduation, Joshua rediscovered his childhood drawing practice. His desire to integrate the visual field into his work with sound and poetics would eventually help him find his footing as an artist.
As a result, at least in part, of his experience in these related but distinct areas of activity, Liebowitz’ work tends to address multiple audiences across a variety of media. Looking to understand the existential conditions through which politics and technologies and livelihoods circulate, Joshua’s projects are developed along a number of different research interests and areas of material practice relating to documentary, social engagement, science fiction, fantasy, and theory; and are then realized across an environment of lens-based and extended media, installation, text, and performance. Of particular interest to him is the seemingly fundamental paradox between the resilience of narrative in facilitating our ability to grasp and position ourselves in the world, with at the same time its inherent ambiguity all but ensuring discordant experiences of communication and trust, meaning and truth.
Liebowitz’ work has been presented in solo and group exhibitions both nationally and internationally: most recently at Spring/Break 2019 in New York City, and the 2019 Lishui Photography Festival in Zhejiang, China. His projects have received institutional support in the form of residencies, fellowships, and commissions, including the International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP), New York, the New York Art Residency and Studios (NARS) Foundation, and the Poetry Project at St. Mark’s Church, as well as discussion in a variety of print and online publications. He is currently based in New York City.