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 northeastern New York state, in the Hudson River Valley, where from an early age he became interested in the landscape, particularly its history and connotations. 

King says " growing up in a area full of mythology and history, local landscape(s) - that held revolutionary war battle fields, mythical healing spring water flowing from the ground, a rich and diverse Native population, American Romanticism in art, the Hudson River School painters painting sublime landscapes that would (some) later become Superfund sites after heavy industrial chemical polluting that started in the 1940's. War over land started by explorers and invaders seeking claim. Early settlers roots beginning to dig-in. It seemed to me  a lot of apposing forces and ideologies all colliding (in time) throughout this valley and region - meaning uprooting meaning. "

Justin studied sculpture at the School of The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, but after graduate school, while living on the west coast, he 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 internationally and festivals 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, Winchester, Massachusetts (where he was the recipient of the Arthur Griffin Legacy Award), VRT, 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 recently 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.