Date With Thyme is a new film work by Joseph Walsh, largely inspired by a herbal medicine course the artist attended. The film features scenarios in which a cook trains an apprentice, handling the ingredient thyme; and a man whose hearing becomes enhanced through drinking the herb. These characters are intercut with images of food still life, akin to food photography of 1960/70s cookbooks, where colours are highly saturated and unrepresentative of the food they document. Walsh sees these compositions as a form of seductive space, an environment capable of nuanced sensuality. 'Date With Thyme' continues the artist's interest in how we can know each other in different capacities, taking influence from our understanding of the thingness of objects.
Joseph Walsh (b. 1978,Surrey) lives and works in London. Graduated from Goldsmiths, BA Fine Art (2002) and went on to become a guest student at Staedelschule, Frankfurt, (2008-2009). Walsh attended the LUX Artist Associate Programme (2011-2012). Recent solo exhibitions include Cat Sees Papa, Dold Projects, Sankt Georgen (2014); Track 5, Old Police Station, London (2011); Evolution of the Meringue, Five Years, London (2011). Recent group exhibitions and events include Aphrodisiac Dinner with Urara Tsuchiya, Queens Park Railway Club, Glasgow (2015); Chew Crew, Transition Gallery, London (2014); How do you Relate?- A case of Alienation and Closeness, LUX AAP Salon, Showroom, London (2014); 21st Century (Presentation), Chisenhale Gallery, London (2013); Latent Cinema by Jason Dungan, 176 Gallery, London (2012); Walsh also features on The Minister's Black Veil EP, produced by Susan Finlay (2013).