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JOSH CALLAGHAN

Family Tree

Night Gallery is thrilled to present Family Tree, an exhibition of new work by Josh Callaghan. This is the artist’s second solo show at the gallery.

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan’s sculptures uncover the relations between commodity and culture, creating humanistic forms out of consumer products. For Callaghan, quotidian objects are a kind of societal gauge; their forms are reflections of our common values and therefore, ourselves. This exhibition brings these interests to a markedly more monumental scale. Through the stylized landscape of Family Tree, Callaghan conducts a micro-survey of his shared life, and in turn suggests something essential about human behavior, social structures, and the passage of time.

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

The titular sculpture, Family Tree, is a towering aluminum tree with bare and brittle branches, composed of photography tripods sourced and repurposed by the artist. Callaghan was initially drawn to the interlocking tubes as a sleek engineering system, particularly in Italian-made Manfrotto tripods. Bent by Callaghan, the manufactured tubing takes on a spontaneous quality, its curvatures echoing the artist’s touch. Here, the image making tool is made into the image, deconstructed and bolted together into an organic, telescopic form.

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Keepsake, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Keepsake, 2022
fluorescent light fixtures, garden shed, cooking pot and pans, rice cooker, fire extinguisher, bicycle frame, license plates, golf clubs, patio furniture, baseball bat, water canister, roof flashing, food service carts, architectural trim, Tesla body panels, Tesla doors, screen door, electrical wiring, kitchen colander, beer can, crutches, oxygen tank, bicycle rim, industrial scraps, ladder, radiators, equipment case, road signage, fishing net

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Josh Callaghan, Keepsake, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Keepsake, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Keepsake, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Keepsake, detail, 2022

As the forest of tripod “trees” expands into open space, Keepsake—a bale of recycled aluminum material weighing 1,684 pounds—is all about compression. Composed by the artist at a scrapyard near Night Gallery, Keepsake is a conglomeration of consumer detritus, caught midstream in its cycle of use and preserved. Tesla body panels, a garden shed, patio furniture, and a baseball bat are included in Keepsake’s lengthy material list. Mass consumption provides the artist with unlimited materials to restore from perceived obsolescence—the readymade acting as a structuralist index of the American dream. 

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view 2022

Josh Callaghan, Landscape Object, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Landscape Object, 2022

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Josh Callaghan, Sprouted Light Stand II, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Sprouted Light Stand II, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Large Sapling, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Large Sapling, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Stump Regrowth, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Stump Regrowth, 2022

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Josh Callaghan, Twig Index, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Twig Index, 2022

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Josh Callaghan, Stump & Log, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Stump & Log, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Flagpole Stump & Log, 2022

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Josh Callaghan, Flagpole Stump and Log, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Flagpole Stump and Log, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Flagpole Stump and Log, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Flagpole Stump and Log, detail, 2022

Tree rings are a recurring motif in Family Tree. Aside from signaling a tree’s age and the progression of linear time, these internal orbits are also a reminder of mortality; injury, if not death, is required to learn a tree’s history. As Callaghan draws out parallels between art making, family building, and organic growth, the exhibition evokes the creative and destructive capacities of human societies and the ultimate impermanence of all things, sentient and inanimate.

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Tendril, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Tendril, 2022

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Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

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Josh Callaghan, Family Car, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, 2022

Elsewhere, a wheelless station wagon is reimagined as Family Car. This vehicle has been deprived of four essential components and placed on log rollers, reminiscent of methods used by ancient societies to move heavy objects. The car was originally bought by Callaghan’s wife and gallery owner Davida Nemeroff in 2011—the earliest days of Night Gallery—and has since moved with the couple through professional advancements, marriage, and the birth of two children. Family Car is now a living relic, encapsulating the couple’s interwoven projects: family and gallery, art and life. To encounter a utilitarian object so intimately tied to daily experience, its functionality removed, one perceives that they are peering into a private life. The entire exhibition gains a voyeuristic edge as Callaghan toggles between the personal and the collective, the natural and the technic, the ancient and the contemporary. 

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, detail, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, installation view, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Root Ball, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Root Ball, 2022

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Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan, artwork, 2022

Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

 

Interior Landscape (live feed) turns Family Tree into a soundstage. A camcorder is left on a gallery windowsill to document exhibition goers as they move through the space, and the footage is live streamed onto a monitor in an adjacent viewing room. The recording at once crystallizes and fictionalizes the viewing experience; people almost appear lost as they navigate Callaghan’s sculptural environment, as if they are looking for a path forward. Caught between an unknown future and a bygone past, Interior Landscape (live feed) suggests the destabilizing helplessness that accompanies deep human relationships. The interdependence between parents and children—and more broadly, between inhabitants of a shared world—often feels like wandering through unfamiliar territory, potentially susceptible to some kind of harmful exposure. But Callaghan knows this vulnerability is part and parcel of human existence, and Interior Landscape (live feed) places us into the spectacle.

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Interior Landscape (live feed) turns Family Tree into a soundstage. A camcorder is left on a gallery windowsill to document exhibition goers as they move through the space, and the footage is live streamed onto a monitor in an adjacent viewing room. The recording at once crystallizes and fictionalizes the viewing experience; people almost appear lost as they navigate Callaghan’s sculptural environment, as if they are looking for a path forward. Caught between an unknown future and a bygone past, Interior Landscape (live feed) suggests the destabilizing helplessness that accompanies deep human relationships. The interdependence between parents and children—and more broadly, between inhabitants of a shared world—often feels like wandering through unfamiliar territory, potentially susceptible to some kind of harmful exposure. But Callaghan knows this vulnerability is part and parcel of human existence, and Interior Landscape (live feed) places us into the spectacle.

Josh Callaghan (b. 1969, Doylestown, PA) holds an MFA in New Genres from the University of California, Los Angeles and a BA in Cultural Anthropology from the University of North Carolina Asheville. He has had solo exhibitions at Night Gallery, Los Angeles; Harmony Murphy Gallery, Los Angeles; Royale Projects, Palm Desert; Steve Turner Contemporary, Los Angeles; Haas & Fischer Gallery, Zurich; and Bank Gallery, Los Angeles. Callaghan lives and works in Los Angeles.

Josh Callaghan, Keepsake, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Keepsake, 2022
fluorescent light fixtures, garden shed, cooking pot and pans, rice cooker, fire extinguisher, bicycle frame, license plates, golf clubs, patio furniture, baseball bat, water canister, roof flashing, food service carts, architectural trim, Tesla body panels, Tesla doors, screen door, electrical wiring, kitchen colander, beer can, crutches, oxygen tank, bicycle rim, industrial scraps, ladder, radiators, equipment case, road signage, fishing net
58 1/2 x 75 x 60 in (148.6 x 190.5 x 152.4 cm)
JC114

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Josh Callaghan, Sprouted Light Stand II, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Sprouted Light Stand II, 2022
light stand, altered tripods, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
120 x 37 x 25 in (304.8 x 94 x 63.5 cm)
JC117

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Josh Callaghan, Large Sapling, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Large Sapling, 2022
altered tripods, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
110 x 26 x 20 in (279.4 x 66 x 50.8 cm)
JC118
 

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Josh Callaghan, Stump Sprouting with Wheels, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Stump Sprouting with Wheels, 2022
altered tripods, flagpole, IV stand, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
80 1/2 x 37 x 36 in (204.5 x 94 x 91.4 cm)
JC119

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Josh Callaghan, Stump Regrowth, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Stump Regrowth, 2022
altered tripods, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
69 x 50 x 26 in (175.3 x 127 x 66 cm)
JC122

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Josh Callaghan, Root Ball, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Root Ball, 2022
altered tripods, flagpole, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
26 1/4 x 35 x 34 in (66.7 x 88.9 x 86.4 cm)
JC123

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Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Family Tree, 2022
altered tripods, flagpole, aluminum, steel, stainless steel, plastic bag, enamel paint
21 x 26 x 24 ft
JC128

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Family Car, 2022
Volkswagen Jetta, logs, steel
65 x 303 x 97 in (165.1 x 769.6 x 246.6 cm)
JC129

Josh Callaghan, Stump & Log, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Stump & Log, 2022
flagpole, aluminum, tripod parts
Two parts: 60 x 5 x 5 in (152.4 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm); 16 x 5 x 5 in (40.6 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)
JC127

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Josh Callaghan, Landscape Object, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Landscape Object, 2022
welded stainless steel
30 x 36 x 30 in (76.2 x 91.4 x 86.4 cm)
JC126
 

Josh Callaghan, Tendril, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Tendril, 2022
altered tripods, aluminum, steel
210 x 10 x 10 in (533.4 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
JC125

Inquire
Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan
Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022
Samsung 50" TV, Sony camcorder
JC130

Inquire
Josh Callaghan, Twig Index, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Twig Index, 2022
drill bit case, sticks
8 x 6 1/2 x 2 in (20.3 x 16.5 x 5.1 cm)
JC115
 

Inquire
Josh Callaghan, Keepsake, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Keepsake, 2022
fluorescent light fixtures, garden shed, cooking pot and pans, rice cooker, fire extinguisher, bicycle frame, license plates, golf clubs, patio furniture, baseball bat, water canister, roof flashing, food service carts, architectural trim, Tesla body panels, Tesla doors, screen door, electrical wiring, kitchen colander, beer can, crutches, oxygen tank, bicycle rim, industrial scraps, ladder, radiators, equipment case, road signage, fishing net
58 1/2 x 75 x 60 in (148.6 x 190.5 x 152.4 cm)
JC114

Josh Callaghan, Sprouted Light Stand II, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Sprouted Light Stand II, 2022
light stand, altered tripods, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
120 x 37 x 25 in (304.8 x 94 x 63.5 cm)
JC117

Josh Callaghan, Large Sapling, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Large Sapling, 2022
altered tripods, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
110 x 26 x 20 in (279.4 x 66 x 50.8 cm)
JC118
 

Josh Callaghan, Stump Sprouting with Wheels, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Stump Sprouting with Wheels, 2022
altered tripods, flagpole, IV stand, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
80 1/2 x 37 x 36 in (204.5 x 94 x 91.4 cm)
JC119

Josh Callaghan, Stump Regrowth, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Stump Regrowth, 2022
altered tripods, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
69 x 50 x 26 in (175.3 x 127 x 66 cm)
JC122

Josh Callaghan, Root Ball, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Root Ball, 2022
altered tripods, flagpole, aluminum, steel, enamel paint
26 1/4 x 35 x 34 in (66.7 x 88.9 x 86.4 cm)
JC123

Josh Callaghan, Family Tree, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Family Tree, 2022
altered tripods, flagpole, aluminum, steel, stainless steel, plastic bag, enamel paint
21 x 26 x 24 ft
JC128

Josh Callaghan, Family Car, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Family Car, 2022
Volkswagen Jetta, logs, steel
65 x 303 x 97 in (165.1 x 769.6 x 246.6 cm)
JC129

Josh Callaghan, Stump & Log, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Stump & Log, 2022
flagpole, aluminum, tripod parts
Two parts: 60 x 5 x 5 in (152.4 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm); 16 x 5 x 5 in (40.6 x 12.7 x 12.7 cm)
JC127

Josh Callaghan, Landscape Object, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Landscape Object, 2022
welded stainless steel
30 x 36 x 30 in (76.2 x 91.4 x 86.4 cm)
JC126
 

Josh Callaghan, Tendril, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Tendril, 2022
altered tripods, aluminum, steel
210 x 10 x 10 in (533.4 x 25.4 x 25.4 cm)
JC125

Josh Callaghan, Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022

Josh Callaghan
Interior Landscape (live feed), 2022
Samsung 50" TV, Sony camcorder
JC130

Josh Callaghan, Twig Index, 2022

Josh Callaghan
Twig Index, 2022
drill bit case, sticks
8 x 6 1/2 x 2 in (20.3 x 16.5 x 5.1 cm)
JC115