My sculptures refer to the gestures humans do when we communicate. “Squeeze”, “Laughter”, and “Woo”, are human non verbal signals captured in metal. The tactility of the sculptures invite the viewer to embrace the humanistic connections through touch, shape and form.
My work is about interpreting gestures through mappings of coordinates. It is influenced by digital pixilation, which dissects images with thousands of dots. Similarly, I use thousands of aluminum bars to map and then construct each piece.
Several paradoxical elements have influenced my work; the interplay between static industrial materials and fluid organic forms, the requirement for elemental simple objects in the construction of a greater complex whole, and the need for continuous controlled repetition to generate a spontaneous free sculpture. These elements are resolved through a time absorbing meditation that permits me to present my expression of human relationships.
Josh Garber uses metal to create objects that are fluid and organic in form. They have a density that is constant even in the work with the suggestion of limbs that move away from the body of the piece before reconnecting. The larger sculptures fold and bend in ways that seem impossible to achieve in rigid, industrial materials. Garber's work is in a number of public and private collections, and his public art installations can be found in cities like Chicago, Phoenix, and Cincinnati.