On occasion of the site-specific commission ‘The Mauve Decade’ by Josh Faught, an In Conversation took place on June 25th 2014 at the private residence of Launch Pad founder, Sarah Elson, between the artist and Iwona Blazwick, OBE, Director, Whitechapel Art Gallery, London.
Josh Faught (b.1979, St. Louis, Missouri) lives and works in San Francisco, California. He is currently Assistant Professor at the California College of Arts in Oakland and San Francisco. Recent exhibitions include Touchstone, Koppe Astner Gallery, Glasgow, Scotland, OBJECTS Redux: How 50 Years Made Craft Contemporary. Houston Center for Contemporary Craft, Houston, TX (2019), The Future of Craft Part I, Museum of Craft and Design, New York, NY, The Future of Craft Part II, Museum of Craft and Design, New York, NY, Bay Area Now 8, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA, Josh Faught and Kris Lemsalu, Sadie Coles HQ/Koppe Astner Gallery, London (2018), Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon, New Museum, New York, NY, Iconoclasts, Saatchi Gallery, London (2017).
Iwona Blazwick is Director of the Whitechapel Gallery, London since 2001 and is a curator, critic and lecturer. She was formerly at Tate Modern and London’s ICA (Institute of Contemporary Art) as well as an independent curator in Europe and Japan. Blazwick is series editor of Whitechapel Gallery/MIT Documents of Contemporary Art. She has written monographs and articles on many contemporary artists and published extensively on themes and movements in modern and contemporary art, exhibition histories and art institutions. In 2015 she co-curated ‘The Adventures of the Black Square’ at the Whitechapel Gallery.