Josh Schwebel

Working in conceptual art and institutional critique, Schwebel has presented his work internationally and across Canada. He has held numerous International residencies and holds an MFA from NSCAD University (2008), and a BFA from Concordia University (2006). Schwebel’s work has been supported by both the Conseil des Arts et des Lettres du Québec and the Canada Council for the Arts. Schwebel’s work takes the form of tactical interventions that show the symbolic and political contradictions of contemporary art. His work operates in response to the institutions in which he is hosted. He often embeds his work within the administrative processes of the institution, blurring the boundaries between artistic and administrative tasks. His work engages with the various structures that contextualize and construct the encounter with art (administrative, architectural, financial, bureaucratic, etc.), instituting situations for uncertainty, doubt, and self-reflection on the institutional border of art. These processes, and the decisions made by the personnel, consequently assimilated into the project, make visible the disjunctions that lie between the legitimating discourse of arts institutions and the actual working conditions and practices manifested by these institutions. Website