Landscape is a construct. Meaning and connotation are created during the negotiation between the imagination and what we believe to be fact. Within this active deployment of meaning, association is ever changing, shifting and displaced. Narratives are made and remade constantly.

 

Justin James King was born in the Hudson River Valley of northeastern New York state - his local landscape(s) steeped in mythology and history. As a result he became interested at an early age in geography, its history and connotations. His work is a continued exploration of how we come to meaning (often contradictory, ever shifting ) within the spaces and topography that surrounds us.

Justin grew up in a area steeped in mythology and history. The local landscape(s) told of revolutionary war battles, an historically rich and diverse Native population, mythical healing spring waters, explorers, invaders, settlers, American Romanticism in art, the Hudson River School painters and heavy industrial chemical polluting through the 1970's. Apposing forces and ideologies all colliding (in time) throughout the valley and region - meaning uprooting meaning. Justin's work explores an ever shifting relationship to the spaces and topography that surrounds us.

Justin studied sculpture at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, but after graduate school, while living on the west coast in 2008, made a transition to photography-based work. Justin had his first showing of photography in 2009 at Southern Exposure Gallery, San Francisco and has since exhibited in galleries and festivals both nationally and internationally including Paris Photo LA, The New York Photography Festival (where he was awarded Best Personal Work as a Series), Jen Bekman Gallery in New York, the Griffin Museum of Photography in Winchester, Massachusetts (where he was the recipient of the Arthur Griffin Legacy Award), VRT in Brussels Belgium and Brachfeld Gallery, Paris where he had his first solo exhibition. Justin's work has also been featured in art and art related publications including Conveyor Arts Magazine, Husk Magazine, Supplemental and TIME Magazine Lightbox. He has attended art residencies at the Vermont Studio Center, where he was also a staff artist in residence. Justin currently lives and works in Berkeley, California.

 

Contact: justinjamesking.studio@gmail.com

 

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My work is a meditation on place, history, myth, ritual and the narrative function of photography as a tool for the shaping of conceptions around landscape. 

 

 

Finding my way deeper into abstraction because the closer I begin to investigate landscape and association the more it becomes blurry. 

 

, and along with them we are (identity is) inexplicably tethered. ( The landscape reveals something about us to us. We are conscious of ourselves as being present during this exchange ).

 

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Landscape is a construct, a curious amalgam of what we believe to be fact (collective and individual memory) and our imagination. These constructs (or narratives) are created during the negotiation between fact and the imagination. Within this active deployment of narrative, connotation is ever changing, shifting and displaced. Narrative is made and remade constantly, and along with it, identity is inexplicably tethered.

 

My work is a meditation on place, history, myth, ritual and the narrative function of photography as a tool for the shaping of conceptions around landscape. 

 

 

Finding my way deeper into abstraction because the closer I begin to investigate landscape and association the more it becomes blurry.