Joshua Citarella (b. 1987, New York, USA) is an artist working with both sculptural materials and software. His work positions photography at the nexus of an interdisciplinary practice, relegating all mediums to source material awaiting digital image capture.
Today’s image editing tools allow for the transformation of signs and their associated meaning on an unprecedented scale. In Citarella’s practice the photograph of one object may be repeatedly altered until it is unrecognizable. RGB pixels - the red, green and blue lights used to display images on screens - are used as a new ‘prima materia’, releasing objects from the dim confines of materiality into omnipresent electronic radiance. Citarella describes how “we lose sight of the interface and are carried away in the fervour of a transcendent promise fulfilled.”
Joshua Citarella graduated from the School of Visual Arts in 2010 and currently lives and works in New York City. He has had solo shows at Carroll / Fletcher, London (2016), and Higher Pictures, New York (2013, 2015). Selected group exhibitions include The Feeling, Eduardo Secci Contemporary, Florence, Italy; Rheo Grande, Anonymous Gallery, Mexico City, Mexico (both 2016); Planes, BFI, Miami; Figure 8, Clifton Benevento, New York; Mediated Images, Brand New Gallery, Milan, Italy (all 2015); Under Construction: New Positions in American Photography, Fotografiemuseum, Amsterdam, Netherlands and Pioneer Works, New York (2014-15); and MOCAtv Presents: A Jogging Screening at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (2014). He curated Dense Mesh at Carroll / Fletcher, London (2016) and was organiser of Compression Artifacts (2013), thePSDshow.org (2012) and a member of the collaborative artist project Jogging from 2012 to 2014. He currently collaborates with Brad Troemel on Ultraviolet Production House.