Now that the tour is right around the corner Homegrown will be a daily post highlighting our Holiday Arts Tour artists. NCLAC would like to celebrate the artists living in our own backyard whether they were raised here, relocated, or just like to visit enough to call Ruston home. This years Holiday Arts Tour will be November 18, 19, & 20th. Watch here for more information and tour locations. Todays post is about Joshua Chambers a Talented Art Teacher in Ouachita Parish Schools.
Joshua Chambers received his Master of Fine Arts from Louisiana Tech University. His printmaking and paintings have been featured in national and international exhibitions in the United States and Europe. His work has been published in New American Paintings, Creative Quarterly, Studio Visit Magazine, and The Red Clay Survey. He also has work in the permanent collections of the Lessedra Gallery in Bulgaria, and Osage Gallery in the Gilcrease Museum of the Americas. He is currently a teacher for the Talented Art Program of Ouachita Parish Schools in Louisiana. Joshua lives in Ruston, Louisiana with his wife Leigh Anne, and their daughter Sophia.
The stories I create are presented through cryptic tableaus inspired by my personal life. The viewer is to use his or her own perceptions of the symbols to extrapolate underlining themes and create an entertaining narrative. I encode the visual experience of private moments through the use of symbolic figures placed in ethereal landscape enacting indefinite scenarios. I want the viewer to have an active role in establishing the chronology and meaning of each story. In both painting and printmaking drawing plays a key role in the outcome of the artwork. I prefer the immediacy of painting with acrylic, and drawing with ink.
NCLAC: What do you think about the idea of meaning in art?
CHAMBERS: Art without meaning is craft.
NCLAC: What is your favorite book, television show, website, and/or magazine?
CHAMBERS: The Giving Tree
NCLAC is supported in part by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation & Tourism, in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council, Funding has also been provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, a Federal agency. In addition funding for the Holiday Arts Tour is supported by a grant from the Louisiana Division of the Arts, Office of Cultural Development, Department of Culture, Recreation and Tourism in cooperation with the Louisiana State Arts Council and administered by the Shreveport Regional Arts Council.