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Friday, July 12, 2013 12:00 am

Pharmacy Visiting Artist: Joshua Cox

This is the first in a series of posts leading up to Saturday's (July 13) group exhibit of work by members and guests of Springfield art collective The Pharmacy.

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Joshua Cox grew up in central Illinois, in small towns near Peoria. He eventually headed east, y earning his MFA from the Art Institute of Boston before deciding to return to his midwestern roots, spending a few years each living and working in St Louis and Chicago before settling in Peoria, where he is an adjunct instructor at Bradley University, while working at the Riverfront museum.

"My work generally deals with memory and my concept of home," he says. For the last few years Cox has been mapping out his his very personal subjective version of family and personal history, "rethinking events from my past, places I've lived and traveled, and creating a series of memory-maps," which combine both literal and memory-based material.

For Saturday's show at at the Pharmacy, Cox will be showing an installation titled "The Immediate Is No Longer The Impression," which he describes as an 85% scale (approximately 12'14') version of his childhood bedroom, "which has kind of been taken over by another memory. It's actually two rooms stacked on top of each other, made out of cardboard and wood. The whole point is for you to go inside and move around the space. Overall it's about 12'x14'."

"I'm excited about being involved in The Pharmacy," he say of the opening this weekend. "I like the group, i like their idea and their energy. You guys are doing right down there!"

Joshua Cox's work appears as part of The Pharmacy's 6th group exhibit at 1022 S.Pasfield, this Saturday, July 13 from 6PM-9PM.

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