The Cuesta Art Gallery hosts the Joshua Aster exhibition

Stories of a building, 2022.

The opening reception for ‘Physicality of Joy’ will take place on Thursday, October 27

– The Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery at Cuesta College hosts an art gallery exhibit, Physicality of Joy, by Los Angeles-based artist Joshua Aster. The exhibition features bright and intricate abstract paintings incorporating triangular grids and tempera paint made by the artist. It opens on October 27 and closes on December 16.

The exhibition features 25 large and small scale oil tempera paintings and, according to Aster, is inspired by a “flickering, fleeting view of the surrounding world through floating fingers”. These recent paintings refract “memories of home space and place through a triangular grid to create blended compositions”.

“Some other paintings start with daily painted floor patterns interspersed with current events in the news that are upsetting,” Aster said. “To me, it feels like the undertow flowing beneath our fragile existence. Painting them was a meditation on the memories, hopes, patterns, love and fears weaved together to create a physicality of joy.

About the artist

Joshua Aster is an abstract painter who received his MFA from UCLA in 2007. He received a MacDowell residency in September 2014. He has been featured in numerous exhibitions, including solo painting exhibitions at Edward Cella Art, Karl Hutter Fine Art, Carl Berg Gallery, and LAXART. His work has been featured in LA Weekly and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. He is also a founding member of the artist collective OJO and has presented works at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles and at LACE in Hollywood, California. Her 26-foot-long painting can be seen at the W Hotel in Hollywood, and see if you can see her work on the 2022 Amazon Prime TV show, “Cosmic Love.”

The Physicality of Joy Opening Reception will be held Thursday, October 27 from 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Harold J. Miossi Art Gallery on the campus of Cuesta College San Luis Obispo. An artist talk is scheduled from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in room 6304. The live broadcast of the event is also available on

Admission to the gallery is free. Visit thegallery webpageor call (805) 546-3202 for exhibit schedule and hours of operation.

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