Joshua Schwebel’s work takes the form of tactical interventions that show the symbolic and political contradictions of contemporary art. His work engages with the various structures that construct the encounter with art (administrative, architectural, financial, bureaucratic, etc.), instituting situations for uncertainty, doubt, and self-reflection on the institutional border of art. These processes, and the decisions made in responding to their address, make visible the disjunctions that lie between the legitimating discourse of arts institutions and the actual working conditions and practices manifested by these institutions.
His practice can be located within the lineage of dematerialized and anti-commercial practices that emerged from the avant-garde such as conceptual art and Institutional Critique.