Joseph Black is a young artist, writer and curator who currently runs River Garage Studios in Dover. He obtained a Masters Degree in the History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art in 2016 and a BFA in Painting from Camberwell College of Art in 2015. Senior curatorial projects include ‘The Garden at War: Deception, Craft and Reason, 2017’ at Stowe House in Buckinghamshire, as well as ‘Reflections on the Landscape: Against the tide, 2018’ and ‘Classical Remains, 2018’ at River Garage Studios.
In 2017, as part of the exhibition programme ‘The Garden at War: Deception, Craft and Reason’, he wrote and edited a collection of essays and artwork in partnership with Paul Holberton Publishing; this publication is now sold internationally. He also held a day-long symposium at Stowe House which was delivered in partnership with The Courtauld Institute of Art.
Joseph’s practice works with painting, sculpture, and installation, to explore the influence of history and culture on our perception of reality. As a trained art historian specialising in Conceptual Art, his visual language draws on a wide array of references from Classical Antiquity to contemporary museum display. In his work, Black uses objects imbued with symbolic potential or emotional value, which he presents in different types of display and media to reveal the subtle shifts of meaning provoked by processes of reproduction and translation.