Josh T Franco is an artist with a PhD in art history. Projects are guided by a methodology of making-as-research and writing-as-experiment. His primary medium is the discipline of art history itself. Beeswax, 35mm slides, tables-and-chairs and handwriting are also recurring material supports. Franco creates environments for contemplation, in the tradition of scriptoria. These provide audiences with a provocative space for considering a given subject. Often these subjects are the legacies of ancestors and elders. His practice explores the mechanisms by which knowledge moves inter-generationally. Franco conjures spirits of intellectual and artistic predecessors, inviting audiences to join him in conversation with their presence.
The core principle of Franco's studio practice: Art history is made by hand.