Influenced by the writing of G.I. Gurdjieff, the ambitious message and grand scale of Hudson River School painters, the surrealist landscape paintings of the Song Dynasty, and the Zen koan, Justin Brice makes large-scale, resolution-rich photographs that immerse the viewer into worlds beyond our imagination. His painterly images are visual metaphors for the passing of millennia, the formings and re-formings of our planet.
His 13′ (4m) high prints are a nod to 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 (b. 1974) is an American visual artist whose large-scale photographs explore the themes of ecology, time and change. His work is inspired by Northern Song Dynasty landscape painters, the Hudson River School, NASA, climate change and biology.
Brice was born and raised in Maplewood, NJ, next to the home of Asher B. Durand, and a few blocks from the Hammond Map company. He went on to study Liberal Arts at Wake Forest University, and spent a semester in Venice, Italy studying art under the legendary and late art historian Teresio Pignatti. In 1996, Brice moved to Beijing, China to study Chinese and would remain a resident of Asia for nearly two decades. During that time he travelled extensively, flying millions of air miles, and exploring and studying the land, from the air and the ground. To keep traveling, he worked on numerous royal commissions, and commissions for the Smithsonian Museum and National Geographic Society.
Brice was recently nominated for the 2014 Sovereign Art Prize by UCCA Beijing director Philip Tinari. His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, and this new body of work, which began in 2007, is being released in late 2015.
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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