Joshua Schwebel is a conceptual artist interested disclosing the concealed relationship between value and visibility. Through his practice of inconvenient intervention and disruption he reveals the concept of value as a cultural construct borne through hidden ties to morality and privilege, exposing the cultural and social techniques employed in its construction. In his work he devises strategies to reveal the politics of exclusion, expropriation, and competition that both mandate and conceal the conditions of valuation in late Capitalism. Through strategic interventions, displacements, and withdrawals, he attempts to unbalance and open up these seemingly impartial processes.
Within the gallery, he exhibits documentation of the manoeuvres and interventions enacted. These documents do not reconstruct the event for the spectator to witness at a distance. Instead, he uses the document as a form through which to destabilize the role or assumptions of the exhibition spectator.
His work tests the capacity of arts institutions and their representative agents for self-critical reflection, and instigates opportunities to compare the ideals of art with the decisive actions of those who embody that authority. 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.