Introduction

 

We live in a world in which visual data serves as factual verification.  In focusing on the dominant primacy of the image, we often neglect the assumptions and manipulations used to support it, not unlike the backstage machinations during a stage play, invisible to the audience when the play appears most real.  I use technology to interpret aspects of the natural landscape, creating images resonant with beauty.  These compositions portray the topography of our planet and evince the irreversible impact of human activity on the environment.

My artwork exists at the nexus of photography, printmaking and sculpture, as I have devised an innovative printing process that results in the creation of images that cannot be readily reproduced.  Using naturally-occurring metals such as gold, palladium, pewter, etc… the resulting labor-intensive abstractions posit new ways to consider our surroundings by welcoming ambiguity.  While these images of the earth defy definition, they simultaneously remind us of the continued destruction of our ecosystem and the fleeting inconsequentiality of each of our lives against the devastating wave of humanity.

 


Anthropogenic Landscapes

SELECTED WORKS ON PANELS

2011-2015


Biography

Justin Brice Guariglia (b. 1974) is an American visual artist exploring the landscape of the anthropocene.

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, residing in Beijing, Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Taipei, documenting Asia’s Great Acceleration.

In 2007 Guariglia published his first monograph with the Aperture Foundation, Shaolin: Temple of Zen which was accompanied by a 99 piece Aperture Foundation traveling exhibition. The project was followed by his second monograph Planet Shanghai (Chronicle Books 2008), and a third Johor: Asia Latitude One in (de.MO 2011). His books have been reviewed in the New Yorker, the New York Times Magazine, and numerous other publications, and received  awards from the Art Directors Club of America, Communications Arts, and Independent Publishers Group. His work is in the permanent collection of The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.

Guariglia was nominated for the 2014 Sovereign Art Prize by UCCA Beijing director Philip Tinari and in 2015, Guariglia began collaborating with NASA to gather new and unique photographic source materials.

He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.

 


 

Exhibitions, Collections and Bibliography

Selected Solo Exhibitions

Selected Group Exhibitions

Museum Collections

Bibliography


Exhibitions

Sovereign Art Foundation

Spring 2014

Nominated for the Sovereign Art Prize by UCCA Director Phil Tinari
Sovereign Art Foundation, Hong Kong


Deep Time

2 September - 7 October 2012

Noorderlicht International Photofestival
Museum Belvédère, Heerenveen/Oranjewoud, Netherlands



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