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Josh Tonsfeldt, Adrenaline Tattoo, 2015, UV-cured pigment print on Hydrocal, spray paint, epoxy resin, ink, 32 × 48".

Josh Tonsfeldt

Simon Preston

Josh Tonsfeldt, Adrenaline Tattoo, 2015, UV-cured pigment print on Hydrocal, spray paint, epoxy resin, ink, 32 × 48".

In Josh Tonsfeldt’s recent exhibition “Adrenaline,” images had a curious, often fugitive relationship to their sources, supports, and meanings. The New York–based artist prints photographs onto a variety of fragile-seeming surfaces and employs unusual processes such as hydrography to investigate the visual, conceptual, and emotional arenas of everyday life as mediated by the ubiquitous electronic screen. “Familiarity becomes something slippery in the timespan of making a picture,” he writes, characterizing this mutable relationship as “a machine-body behavior ready to play itself out in situations untethered from its source.” Juxtaposing his part-photographic works with part-sculptural objects, Tonsfeldt holds our certainties about space, time, and the “real” up to a penetrating light.

The smartphone has long been an important tool in our filtration of reality; for Adrenaline Tattoo

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