Jan 15–Mar 29, 2009

Joshua Mosley: dread


Joshua Mosley titled his most recent installation dread after photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s motion study sequences of a dog named Dread. Made over a two-year period, Mosley’s dread is composed of five bronze sculptures, and a six-minute, black-and-white, animated video that combines computer and stop-motion animation, as well as the artist’s own music and dialogue. dread is on view January 16-March 29, 2009 in ICA’s second floor gallery.

dread is installed in two adjacent rooms. The first houses five small bronze figures on pedestals spaced about the room. Enter the second room to see the film, projected large so as to evoke the scale of the environment the characters inhabit: a real world place created using sequenced still photographs. But unlike the real world, music notes replace ambient sounds. Composed by the artist, each character has its own “soundtrack.” dread follows philosophers Jean-Jacques Rousseau and Blaise Pascal on something of a nature walk. They encounter flora and fauna, and engage in conversation about existence, God, and nature; in the end, they encounter Dread.

Books & Editions

This fully illustrated catalogue documents Joshua Mosley’s installation dread after photographer Eadweard Muybridge’s motion sequence of a dog titled “Dread” walking. It includes and introduction by Jenelle Porter and essay by Harvey Mitchell. Designer: Purtill Family Business. Hardcover/32 pages/B&W

ISBN 9780884541172
Publication Date
Purtill Family Business
Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
The exhibition catalogue has been supported by the generous sponsorship of Barbara B. & Theodore R. Aronson. Additional funds for the catalogue have been provided by The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Pew Fellowships in the Arts. ICA is also grateful for exhibition support from the Harpo Foundation and Goldberg Foundation. Additional funds for the exhibition have been provided by David & Gerrie Pincus; The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation; the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Council on the Arts; The Dietrich Foundation, Inc.; the Overseers Board for the Institute of Contemporary Art; friends and members of ICA; and the University of Pennsylvania. On behalf of the artist, we would also like to thank the following for support of the project: The Pew Center for Arts and Heritage through the Pew Fellowships in the Arts, the Donald Young Gallery, Chicago, and the Deans Office and the Overseers Special Projects Fund of the School of Design, University of Pennsylvania.