JOSH KURPIUS: LIVING LOST
References in the images that appeared in his Jan-May 2014 exhibition at the Harley-Davidson Museum are as plausibly 1970’s as they are modern, from the riders and their bikes, to the landscape itself. Surrounded by the solitude and emptiness of the endless horizon, a sense of timelessness runs throughout his photographs.
Taken during a series of road trips, Josh’s photos not only exposed the beauty of America, but also the beauty captured in off-moments-those that he regularly found himself wrapped up in. Often, the moments revealed themselves in the most serendipitous way. The machines Josh and his friends rode only went so far as they could without refueling or needing a repair. While riding across the country, they found themselves stopping in places one might barely notice if they were in a car, or even on a new bike. Josh’s expressive images captured his friend’s reactions to the situation or to what was being seen. The prospect of missing that one moment, both from the perspective of experiencing it and the possibilities of catching it on film, is something that keeps luring Josh back to the road.