Joshua Hagler (b. 1979, Mountain Home AFB, Idaho) is a first-generation graduate with a graphic design degree from The University of Arizona. A 2018 grant recipient of the Roswell Artist in Residence Program, Hagler has since made New Mexico his permanent home. Currently, he lives with his wife and daughter in the high desert village of Placitas at the foot of the Sandia Mountains.
In recent years, his practice has been guided by an approach he calls “Nihil,” a set of nine self-imposed principles that have grown out of solitary excursions throughout the state. These principles determine all aspects of the work from its imagery and process, to the media and objects comprising it. Concept and meaning, as such, naturally unfold out of synchronistic experiences occurring over time.
Recent exhibitions include: DISEMBODIED, Nicodim, New York (2023); Unmatter, Secci, Milan (2022); The Living Circle Us, Unit, London (2021, solo); Witness or Pretend, Bode Projects, Berlin (2021); Drawing in the Dark, Cris Worley Fine Arts, Dallas (2021, solo); Figure as Form, Hollis Taggart Gallery, New York (2020); Love Letters to the Poorly Regarded, Roswell Museum and Art Center (2018, solo), and The River Lethe, Brand Library and Art Center, Los Angeles (2018, solo).
Hagler will be featured in a four-artist show alongside Devin B. Johnson, Nicola Samori, and Hugo Wilson at Nicodim Los Angeles in March. I Would Not Speak of the Mountain, his first solo exhibition with Nicodim and the first devoted to his Nihil project, opens at Nicodim Los Angeles in November.