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Josh Ostraff

Minneapolis, Minnesota

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One morning while brushing my own teeth, I heard other teeth brushing sounds. It hit me; my neighbor and I were staring at the same spot on the wall due to apartment plumbing. This started a three-year investigation and response through painting, drawing, and film to sounds thin walls are unable to contain. In the middle of this process I was affected by a neighbor's dramatic removal from their apartment that was followed by silence. Sounds like that night are limited, can be amusing, often are an annoyance, sometimes are alarming, but they represent human qualities that have become valuable to me.


born: 1983, Seattle, Washington


University of Minnesota, MFA, 2012
Brigham Young University, BFA 2009

selected awards/honors

Malcolm H. Meyer Fellowship, University of Minnesota Department of Art Twin Cities, 2011-2012
Full Tuition Open Visual Arts Legacy Scholarship, Visual Arts Department, Brigham Young University, 2008-2009

selected publications

Manifest: Creative research gallery and drawing center,  5th Annual Master Pieces, Volume 55. Manifest Press, Cincinnati, Ohio, 2011   

selected solo or two-person exhibits

Thin Walls, Gallery Gray, (online exhibition)
Father - Son : Son - Father: Harry M. Drake Gallery, St Paul, MN, 2012

selected group shows

Thin Walls: Not the Same and I Can Hear My Neighbor: Materialistic Intentions, Prove Gallery, Duluth, MN, 2012
MFA Thesis Exhibition) Thin Walls: Mountains were Oceans: Katherine E. Nash Gallery, Regis center for the Arts University of Minnesota,  Minneapolis, MN, 2012  
Thin walls: Tired: Concordance: Harry M. Drake Gallery, St Paul, MN, 2012
I've never seen stars like that: Sense of place, Minnetonka Center for the Arts Wayzata, MN, 2011



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