Influenced by the codices of Leonardo DaVinci, the landscape painters of the Song Dynasty, and the tectonic environmental changes of the anthropocene, Justin Brice Guariglia makes large-scale, resolution-rich photo based works of art, and sculpture, with materials we have come to both worship and despise, immersing the viewer in worlds beyond imagination and time.
His painterly images and gilded sculptures are visual metaphors for ecology, time, our insatiable culture of consumption, and extinction.
His 13′ (4m) high prints are a nod to Hudson River School painter Frederick Church, whose famous single-work, exhibition-cum-spectacles merited the sale of tickets, like a modern-day movie. These works are meant to be seen in person, as they slowly unfold and envelop the viewer over time.
“…a great stride has been made when we turn our back on the real…and watch for the hour at which the storm that has been gathering during our unconscious sleep will break with sufficient force to make sleep cease.” –Marcel Proust, Remembrance of Things Past (Swann’s Way)
Justin Brice Guariglia (b. 1974) is an American visual artist whose large-scale photographs and sculptures explore the themes of ecology, time, consumption and extinction.
Guariglia was born and raised in Maplewood, New Jersey, next to the home of Hudson River School painter Asher B. Durand. He went on to study Liberal Arts at Wake Forest University, and art history in 1995 under the legendary art historian Teresio Pignatti in Venice, Italy. In 1996, Guariglia moved to Beijing, China to study Chinese and would remain in Asia for nearly two decades. During that time he travelled extensively around the world while working on numerous photography commissions for the Smithsonian and National Geographic Society. In 2015 Guariglia began collaborating with NASA, and several other scientific programs, to gather new and unique source materials for his work.
Guariglia was nominated for the 2014 Sovereign Art Prize by UCCA Beijing director Philip Tinari. He has published books with the Aperture Foundation (2007) and Chronicle Books (2008), and his work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
This new body of work, which he began developing in 1995, is being released in early 2016, the culmination of nearly two decades of exploration, research and development.
He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
Sovereign Art Foundation
Nominated for the Sovereign Art Prize by UCCA Director Phil Tinari
Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong
2 September - 7 October 2012
Noorderlicht International Photofestival
Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen/Oranjewoud, Netherlands
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