Artist Joshua Mosley

Artist Joshua Mosley

Artist Joshua Mosley presented his stop-motion animation, which explores the complexity of the relationship between humanity and nature, at the Germantown Friends School Annual Cohen Art Lecture on Wednesday, April 15.

Mosley is a Professor and Chair of Fine Arts at the University of Pennsylvania. His work has been exhibited at the 2014 Whitney Biennial, the 2007 Venice Biennale, the Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago and the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Mosley spoke about his process of sculpting figures, building sets, recording sounds and filming. He has developed innovative filmmaking techniques and technologies to create his art, including a program that converts handheld camera movements to robotically-controlled ones. The time-consuming process of stop-motion filming yields only about one second of film per day.

Mosley encouraged the students to dedicate themselves to their artistic endeavors and told them to “be adaptable and take risks.” This annual GFS lecture series is named for Abigail Cohen, who was a graduate of the Class of 1991. Her life as an artist and photographer was dedicated to the pursuit of social and aesthetic concerns, and the series is made possible by the support of her brother, Jonathan Cohen ’88, and his wife, Julia Pershan.

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