"Only photography has been able to divide human life into a series of moments, each of them has the value of a complete existence."- Eadweard Muybridge
Emergent Momenta is an examination of time as a malleable fabric that can be stretched and distorted in ways altering fundamental perceptions of the world around us. Through timelapse recordings, found object glass sculptural videos, solar-powered lightboxes, viewer-reactive mixed media, and even large scale flipbooks, the work of Joshua Watts flattens, expands, and contorts our notions of time in unexpected and exciting ways.
“This exhibition represents several threads of my recent bodies of work that have woven together to explore the subjective nature of time and the infinite opportunities it offers. Timelapse videography is the starting point of many works, where a camera records the narrow confines of a scene as it evolves and changes over the course of several days. The revealed emergent behaviors and patterns would never be seen through normal observational methods. I am fascinated by the possibilities contained within each moment and continue to find new ways to share this with my audience. Viewers are encouraged to actively participate in this examination of perception through the varied outcomes included in the exhibition.” - Joshua Watts