Modern Contemporary Design


My State of the Art: Joshua Petker


Joshua Petker, whose colourful new show opens tomorrow, took part in our

My State of the Art series. Petker shares some astute opinions after the jump.


We’re Not As Colorful As We Think We Are – detail

Are you happy as an artist right now?

Yes, I am happy. I have goals I still want to attain that would make me even happier but I’ve come to realize life is always that way.

Is this a time of growth for you?

Yes, I think so. I’m a self-taught artist and I started showing paintings almost immediately as soon as I finished painting them. The past 8 or so years I have been an artist have been interesting and I’ve learned a lot. But, truthfully, I feel I am approaching my best years as an artist. My eyes and my mind are still growing and I can see things I couldn’t see a few years ago. I think I will always be growing.

Is making art working out? Do you need to have a day job?

Making art is all I do. I don’t think there is really any other way to do it other than to devote yourself to art 100%. I’ve worked jobs in the past when I’ve needed to but only to afford to get back to making art. So, I am making it work for me thus far.


Green in the Garden

What do you think of the art world right now?

There are ‘art worlds’ right now. Clearly, some more fiscally rewarding than others but really there are many small worlds now. The internet has opened up art to people from all over the world that can bypass any need for critical assessment and just buy whatever they want. There are more artists, art graduates, galleries, and collectors now than there have ever been before. These are both good and bad things.

I think the art world, like everything in the world, is constantly changing. It is what it is. Occasionally the art world will ripple and occasionally it will tsunami. The systems by which art is awarded worth and value is diverse amongst different parties and I don’t know if there will ever be a unified consensus about what is good art anymore. Thanks to the internet the world has expanded while also getting a lot tighter. I have my opinions about what is good art and I try to work within them. Others might not agree with me.


Don’t Walk Away

Who do you really admire in the art world right now?

Any artist (or person) more interested in philosophy than notoriety.

Who do you think will survive?

It really depends on so many variables. I only worry about me. I feel it is safe to assume there will be both good and bad art for many years to come.

My next show is opening September 11th 2010 at the Shooting Gallery in San Francisco. The show is called ‘We’re Not As Colorful As We Think We Are’ and I’m really proud of the new work. I hope people get to see the show.



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