This show documents how feelings emerge from the flesh. Hans Josephson captures the enormity of the human experience in solid works with a profound gravity. Layers of plaster are placed onto the work only to be removed later by the Artist to create the shapes on display. This technique strips away any barriers the final structure may have that separate itself from the viewer. As a result of this the human figurines bear an incredible truth.
The humanity of the Artist is etched onto the surface of each work in the form of fingerprints, smears and scrapes left intentionally on the finished texture of the piece. The enormity of each piece in conjunction with its honesty means that the work defines the space around it.
Life is swarming inside the series of half torsos lined up in the display. Their textured surfaces emulate the weather beaten shapes of noble classical structures worn down to a basic form where only the simple emotion given by the artist remains. Hans Josephson studied in Florence and subliminal inspiration from Italian architecture and iconic sculptures feels present in the ‘Untitled' reliefs where the shape of the human form is hinted at.
Beneath the fragile crackling surface of the reclining nudes is a form that is fluid. In a 76 minute video playing on a loop in the gallery basement, the artist is seen actively working in his studio; plaster is applied, then removed, only to be reapplied later on and later removed.
One work bleeds into another to make this a complete exhibition that is full of content. In shaping the distorted abstract figures of the reliefs or the figures reclining in a familiar pose each human life is treated with dignity and detail. It is the bubbling emotions buried so deep within that surface externally on their own terms that invites the viewer back for a second and third visit. The enlargement of each new piece through time accentuates this and gives a bigger space for the artist and viewer to find what they are looking for.