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Joseph Townshend

MA work

Everything you Need to Know to Build a Mock Tudor Bench

<p>My final piece looks at the artificial evolution of the mock-tudor black-and-white aesthetic due to soot pollution at the time of the industrial revolution. It connects this event with the evolution of the Peppered Moth which turned black at the same point in time to be camouflaged against the soot covered trees.</p>

<p>The work examines this human initiated evolution and architectural natural selection through a material called Replica Wood, which is an oak effect moulded polyurethane plank used on modern day mock-tudor property.<br/></p>

<p>The images depict the Replica Wood being worked into a bench using traditional techniques familiar to the craft, however the rhetoric is staged and artificial. Despite the polyurethane plank mimicking wood, many of the techniques portrayed are ineffective, for example planing the material would entirely remove it’s distinguishing grain. The project plays off the notion of the ‘authentic’ with an approach that is both earnest towards the subject yet reveals the moments of fracture within these everyday facades.   </p>


  • MA Degree


    School of Communication


    MA Visual Communication, 2016

  • Degrees

  • BA Graphic Design, Central Saint Martins College of Art & Design, London, 2013
  • Exhibitions

  • Peckham Point 'The Point of Living', as part of Tableaux at Assembly Point Studios, London, UK, 2016; Contemporary Resonance, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2016; Screenscapes, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2015; RDP Symposium, Royal College of Art, London, UK, 2015
  • Awards

  • Short listed for the Varley Memorial Award, 2015
  • Publications

  • Townshend, Joseph and Ryan, Ruaidhri, The Point of Living, 2016; XP Elective (Experimental Publishing), Lorem Ipsum - Paint Itself, 2016; The multiple lives of a blank book (MLBB053), published by Booksfromthefuture, 2015