Artist Talk: Josh Kline

July 12, 2018 / 12:30pm

Josh Kline discusses his recent body of work, Civil War (2017) with Senior Curator Andria Hickey

Josh Kline (1979 Philadelphia, PA) is an artist based in New York City working in sculpture, installation, and video. Kline’s early work examined how media, advertising, and the commercial marketplace shape generational cultural norms and expectations. More recently Kline’s projects have grown in scale, looking at the potential future consequences of a 21st century society overrun by automation, artificial intelligence, and an unstable political environment.  In one such ongoing body of work, Civil War, Kline presents a dystopian future of decaying everyday objects, stuffed animals, furniture, and tools posing questions about what an American society of mass unemployment due to technological progress might become. Solo exhibitions of Kline’s work include Civil War, Stuart Shave/Modern Art, London, United Kingdom (2017). He has also participated in group exhibitions including The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. (2017); Cult! Legends, Stars and Icons, Zeppelin Museum, Friedrichshafen, Germany (2017); High Anxiety, Rubell Family Collection, Miami, FL (2016); Human Interest: Portraits from the Whitney’s Collection, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York (2016); 9th Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art: The Present in Drag, Berlin, Germany (2016); Open Source: Art at the Eclipse of Capitalism, Galerie Max Hetzler, Berlin & Paris (2015); 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, New Museum, New York, NY (2015); and New Pictures of Common Objects, MoMA PS1, Long Island City, NY (2012) . Kline has also been involved in a number of curatorial and publishing projects throughout the United States and Europe.