he practice of San Francisco-based Josh Faught utilizes textiles, collage, sculpture, and archival materials to explore the construction of queer identity. Fragments of text pulled from greeting cards, novelty buttons, and other sentimental ornamentation investigate relationships between desire, domestic dysfunction, and sexual difference. Faught’s works revel in the anxiety typified by suburban self-help culture and decorative compulsion—vestiges of which are woven throughout the material structures of his hand-made textiles and staged as docudramatic tragedy.
Faught, born in Saint Louis, earned an MFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2006, AAS from Fashion Institute of Technology, New York in 2004 and BA from Oberlin College in 2001. Recent solo museum exhibitions include a site-specific installation at the Neptune Society Columbarium as part of the San Francisco MoMA SECA Art Award exhibition; the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Missouri (both 2013); and the Seattle Art Museum in conjunction with receiving the Betty Bowen Award in 2009. Solo exhibitions also include Lisa Cooley, New York (2010, 2012 and 2014); Western Bridge, Seattle (2010 and 2017); Kendal Koppe Gallery, Glasgow; and a site-specific commission with Launch Pad, London (both 2014). Faught has exhibited in group exhibitions at The Institute of Contemporary Art Boston; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston (both 2014); Grazer Kunstverein, Austria; and Oakville Galleries, Ontario (both 2013). Faught lives and works in San Francisco.