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The lovable drunkard-cum-writer Charles Bukowski once said, “An intellectual says a simple thing in a hard way. An artist says a hard thing in a simple way.”

It is in this manner that Joshua Krause presents his newest solo show Simple Ways featuring works comprising book parts, and sometimes paint, on either a wood or paper base.

According to Subtext's website (which also offers high-resolution images of the pieces):

"In one way or another, we all strive to make things a little simpler. In Joshua Krause’s case, it started with diet and a martial arts training regimen, and ended in a shift in attitude that eventually spawned, Simple Ways.

"In his latest body of work, Krause has been inspired by his new approach on life, and by 'getting out of his own way,' he has achieved a purity that he hasn’t been able to capture in his previous exhibitions. Drawing inspiration from disparate places and non traditional materials, these primal influences have gotten him in better touch with himself, which ultimately allowed him to focus his thoughts and find some order in this wild, wild world."

The Opening Reception kicks off at 6pm tonight, November 30, at Subtext Gallery (2479 Kettner Blvd) and won't cost you even one pretty penny.

The viewing party winds down at 10pm, but private showings of the works are available at the gallery through December 28 from Monday-Saturday by appointment only.

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