• Dimple
    • Wood, paint, archival paint marker, and wax
    • 33 x 33 x 8.5 inches
    • Catena
    • Welded steel, black-oxide patina, and wax
    • 74.5 x 64 x 17 inches
    • Faceted Landscape Series #8
    • Plywood, gesso, paint, graphite, and wax
    • 36 x 36 x 14 inches
    • Partisan
    • Welded steel, black-oxide patina, and wax
    • 70 x 28.5 x 18 inches
    • Galena
    • Wood, graphite, paint, aluminum leaf, and wax
    • 25 x 29 x 22 inches
    • French Curve
    • Welded steel, black-oxide patina, and wax
    • 38 x 42 x 14 inches
    • Sliver
    • Aluminum, Patina and wax
    • 31 x 12 x 34 inches
    • Subduction
    • Wood, paint, archival paint marker, and wax
    • 20 x 41 x 8.5 inches
    • Bota
    • Copper, wood, paint, patina, lacquer, and wax/li>
    • 10.5 x 7 x 10.5 inches

Artist Statement

I create animated abstractions, lyrical yet succinct forms that surprise viewers with complex geometries and jaunty stances. My sculptures capture the tension between the spontaneity of the imagination and the restraint of meticulous craftsmanship. For me, sculpture is problem-solving: engagement with the material world and the resistance and affordances it provides. I enter the studio with sketches but no preconceived solutions; rather, I embrace the unforeseen possibilities that arise when building by hand.  My sculptures thus embrace a raw, awkward sensibility that emerges through their making. I complement my intuitive form-making process with great attention to detail. I employ labor-intensive metal fabrication and woodworking techniques to realize challenging compound-complex curves, angular geometries, and the intersection of disparate volumes. I continually experiment with materials and techniques to express new possibilities, creating an eclectic oeuvre united by my engagement with formal abstraction.

Artist Bio

Joshua Enck (born 1977) is a sculptor, designer, draftsman, and illustrator who teaches and maintains an active studio practice in Rochester, New York. He trained as an architect and a furniture designer, receiving his MFA in furniture design from the Rhode Island School of Design and his BSAS from the School of Architecture at the University of Illinois. He taught for ten years at RISD: drawing, three-dimensional design, technical drawing, woodworking, and metalworking. He has also taught woodworking at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center and drawing at the University of Illinois, Williams College, and the University of Rochester. Joshua has exhibited his work in solo shows at Simon Gallery and at the University of Maine Museum of Art. The Rhode Island State Council on the Arts, the Society of Arts and Crafts in Boston, and the Center for Art in Wood in Philadelphia have honored his work. Joshua just returned from five months in India as a Fulbright Nehru Scholar, researching traditional metalsmithing and teaching at the Sushant School of Design.

Selected Exhibitions

Education

2003                 MFA, Furniture Design, Rhode Island School of Design (with honors)

1999                 BSAS, Architecture, University of Illinois (with high honors)

1997-1998       Study Abroad Program, l’Ecolé d’Architecture, Versailles, France

Professional Experience

2003-present     Independent Studio Artist, Sculpture and Furniture

2018 (fall)         Ansal University, Sushant School of Design, Gurgaon, India, Visiting Professor, Division of Interior Architecture, Furniture Design and Joineries

2016-present     University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Art and Art History, Introductory Drawing

2013-2014          Williams College, Williamstown, MA, Instructor, Department of Art, Three Dimensional Foundations and Cardboard Sculpture & Furniture

2005-2014          Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI, Adjunct Faculty, Department of Furniture Design & Division of Foundation Studies, Spatial Dynamics (3D Design), Drawing, 3D Drawing & Design, 2D Drawing & Design, Metalworking for Furniture Makers, Woodworking Dialogues in Sculpture and Furniture

2006-2018          Emma International Artist Collaboration, Saskatchewan, Canada, Four-time invited metal and woodworking artist

2005-2013          University of Illinois, School of Architecture, Versailles, France, Instructor, Five plein-aire drawing courses in courses in Italy & Greece

2003-2005          Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO, Woodshop Manager, Teaching Assistant, and Instructor

Solo Exhibitions

2016     Line Work/A Celebration of Shadows,Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

2014     New Sculptures,Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

2012     Joshua Enck,Simon Gallery, Morristown, NJ

2011     The Gesture Contained,University of Maine Museum of Art, Bangor, ME

2010     Oblique Vantage: Recent Work by Joshua Enck,AS220 Project Space, Providence, RI

2003     New Ideas Generated from the Sketch,M.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, RISD, Providence, RI

Two- and Three-Person Exhibitions

2012     Reconsidering,three-person exhibition at Green Space, T.F. Green Airport, Providence, RI

Curators: Sarah Ganz Blythe (RISD Museum of Art), Amy Horschak (The Museum of Modern Art)

2012     Contour: Reflections on Form,two-person exhibition, Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

2009     Joshua Enck & Gretchen Dow Simpson, two-person exhibition, Chazan Gallery, Providence, RI

2008     Interpreting the Vernacular Landscape,three-person exhibition, Bruce Gallery, Edinboro University, PA

Recent Group Exhibitions

2018 & 2017  Group Exhibition of Represented Artists, Soderbergh Gallery, Wellfleet, MA

2016 & 2015  Sculpture, Roan and Black Contemporary Gallery, Saugatuck, MI

2015, 2013, 2011, 2009, & 2005  Faculty Biennial, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI

2015     Art Prize, Grand Rapids, MI

2014     A Show About Nothing, Saskatchewan Craft Council, Saskatoon, Canada (Curator: Michael Hosaluk)

2012     Bigger | Glorious Objects, Jamestown Art Center, Jamestown RI, (Curator: Jesse Smith)

2012     Small Works,Dedee Shattuck Gallery, Westport, MA

2012     Decoy,Saskatchewan Craft Council Affinity Gallery, Saskatoon, Canada

2011     Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition, The Artists Cooperative Gallery, Westerly, RI

2011, 2008, & 2006  Cairn Croft Sculpture Exhibition,Cairn Croft Sculpture Garden, Dover, MA

2010     Rhode Island State Council on the Arts Fellowship Exhibition,Imago Gallery, Warren, RI

2009     Functional Objects of Desire,Gallery Z, Providence, RI

2009     Full Circle,Marwen Gallery, Chicago, IL

2007     RISD Routes,Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA (Curator: David Revere McFadden)

2007     10 Makers for the New Millennium,Fuller Craft Museum (Curators: Meredyth Moses &Kathryn Corbin)

2007     Whatever Meredyth Wants Now,Gallery Naga, Boston, MA (Curator: Meredyth Hyatt Moses)

2006     Excellence in Craft Artist Fellowship Exhibition,The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

2005     Selected Contemporary Artists,Woods-Gerry Gallery, Providence, RI, (Curator: James Brayton Hall)

2005     Faculty Biennial, RISD Museum of Art, Providence, RI

2005     Box Elder Studios, Providence Fine Furnishings Show,Providence, RI

2005     New Work from the RISD Department of Furniture Design Faculty,Virginia Lynch Gallery, Tiverton, RI

2004 & 2003  Resident Artist Exhibition,Anderson Ranch Arts Center, Snowmass Village, CO

2003     Emerging Perspectives,Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2003     Roaring Fork Open,Aspen Art Museum, Aspen CO

2003     5thAnnual Juried All-Media Competition,Providence Art Club, Providence, RI

2003     RISD Graduate Student Exhibition,RISD Museum and Sol Koffler Gallery, Providence, RI

Collections and Commissions

2018     Turret, Private Collection, Massachusetts

2016     Piroutte, University of Maine Museum of Art, Maine

2016     Syncline, Private Collection, New Jersey

2015     Trace, Clasp, andOctet Aeration, Private Collection, Maine

2014     Aground andMary Anne, Private Corporate Collection, New Jersey

2014     Aquamanile, Blue Bird, and Dollop, Private Collections, Michigan

2013     Counterpoise, Private Collection, Michigan

2012     Filament, Lineament andRiven Draft, Auerbach Family Collection, New York City

2012     Optic Splitter, Private Collection, New Jersey

2011     Oxide Shoal, deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, sculpture auction, Massachusetts

2010     Cravat, Barnaby Evans and Irene Lawrence, Rhode Island

2009     Wedding Bench, Fidelity Investments, Rhode Island

2008     Canter and Shed, First Prize, Public Sculpture Competition with Nick Hollibaugh, Rhode Island

2008     Oxide Turnout, Deborah Hawkins, Massachusetts

2007     Weathering Steel Public Bench Commission, Town of Westport, Massachusetts

2006     Dorsal Clad, Flatiron Sheath,and Cairn Poise, Private Collections, Massachusetts

2004     Petticoat Inclusion and Clerestory Askew, Dee and Charles Wyly, Colorado

2004     Chimney Red, Oilcan Snuffer, andHeadhouse Vantage, Beverly and Sam Maloof, California

Invited Artist Lectures and Collaborations

2014     Visiting Artist Lecturer, Virginia Commonwealth University, VCU, Richmond, VA

2010     Visiting Artist Critic, Roger Williams University, Bristol, RI

2010     Visiting Artist Lecturer, Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

2009     Visiting Artist Lecturer, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

2010     Art Juror, All Media Open Juried II,South County Art Association, Kingston, RI

2007     Visiting Artist Lecturer, Manthan II,Delhi, India

2007     Aya Nagar Design Charrette,University of the Arts and Royal Society of the Arts, Delhi, India

Awards

Awards, Grants, and Fellowships

2019     Windgate ITE International Residency (awarded), Center for Art in Wood, Philadelphia, PA

2018     Fulbright-Nehru Scholar Academic and Professional Excellence Fellowship, Delhi, India

2014, 2013, & 2009  RISD Part Time Faculty Association Technical Development Fund Awards

2012     New England Art Awards, People’s Choice Sculpture Award

2012     Professional Development Grant, Rhode Island School of Design

2011     Fellowship in Three Dimensional Art, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

2010 & 2007  Merit Fellowships in Crafts, Rhode Island State Council on the Arts

2006     Excellence in Craft Artist Fellowship, The Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston, MA

2006     Professional Development Fund Award, Emma International Artist Collaboration, RISD

2003     Award of Excellence, Department of Furniture Design, Providence, RI

2002     Kate Neal Kinley Memorial Fellowship, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

1999     The Frank B. and Jennie M. Long Traveling Fellowship, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

1999     Ricker Award in History of Architecture, University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

Publications

Publications and Press Reviews

2019     Rhode Island School of Design Alumni Magazine Interview, Simone Solondz

2019     WXXI PBS Arts in Focus Interview

2018     “Art and Life with Joshua Enck,” Boston Voyager

2013     “RISD Faculty Show a Smorgasbord for Art Lovers,” Providence Journal, Bill Van Siclen

2013     “The 2013 RISD Faculty Biennial, A Wondrous Window,” The Phoenix, Greg Cook

2011     “UMMA Brings RI Sculptor’s Large-scale Work to Bangor,” Bangor Daily News, Aislinn Sarnacki

2011     “The Art of the State,” The Providence Phoenix, Greg Cook

2010     “Oblique Vantage: Recent Works by Joshua Enck,” Art New England, Martina Windels

2010     “Your Tax Dollars at Work,” The Providence Phoenix, Greg Cook

2009     “RISD Biennial is Politics-Free,” The Providence Journal, Bill Van Siclen

2008     “Providence Artists Win Competition to Design Sculpture,” The Providence Journal, John Castellucci