Justin’s concerns with art center around the physical qualities of paint which have lead him to think of painterly actions as sculptural works in three-dimensional space. In this sense, he is able to explore abstraction both as an action and a subject matter. The work is about the physical world, our conflicts within it and how it relates to our understanding of what what lies beyond this place. Justin has exhibited at Art Centers as well as galleries in New York, California, Colorado and the United Kingdom. Recent exhibition venues include The Lockwood Gallery, New York, CICA Museum, South Korea, “Art of the State 2019” at the Arvada Center for the Arts, Arvada, Colorado and The Art Vacancy in Brooklyn, New York. He has received numerous awards and scholarships including the Graduate Teaching Fellowship at Colorado State where he is currently a Graduate Instructor. Justin has also been featured in numerous publications including The Denver Post, Westword, Studio Visit and Defined magazine.
My work focuses on abstraction as its subject matter. I’m concerned with both the act of abstracting and abstraction as a thing itself. Abstraction is thought to be apart from concrete realities, objects or instances. It is a vehicle for describing the unknown, ideal or incomprehensible. I aim to give form to these ideas and bring them within reach.
By approaching paintings as sculptures and sculptures as paintings I’m able to give tangible shape to these transitory elements.
The work is about the physical world, our conflicts within it and how it relates to our understanding of what what lies beyond this place.