For the occasion of the latest exhibition of works by Justin Person, Berlin and Urban Spree Galerie will go pink! The talented contemporary artist is ready to present his new body of work, which features minimalistic paintings and a selection of rarely shown drawings and objects, at the Galerie Ecke, Once based in the German capital himself, Justin Person returns to the city once again, to present artwork lying somewhere between Pop art and graphic design and to bring a special series of screen-printed t-shirts, screen prints and different home-made goodies that he created for this show in particular.
Justin Person is a French-based artist whose studies in Graphic Design and Fine Arts serve as an influence for the artworks he creates both outdoors and indoors. His artistic practice is broad, often featuring familiar characters whose identity has been masked or blurred; our favorite childhood heroes, such as Popeye and Felix the Cat, stripped of color and painted in pitch black, as if they are now nothing more than mere shapes and stains of ink. Do they lose their identity once they face is wiped out? Are we still able to recognize them? They appear to have become a part of a larger concept created by Justin Person, one that has a lot more to do with social landscape we actually live in. At times, these characters are even referenced by motifs from classical art, once again evoking familiar scenery that we’re still not sure if we can identify.
The minimalist, yet structured artworks of Justin Person evoke his anarchic spirit towards hierarchies in general and in his artistic production. Drawing inspiration from both pop culture and highbrow, the artist creates mysterious, quite abstract characters that serve as the icons of many generations past and future, and that ooze with the spirit of street art, another creative field he is interested in. While outside, he sometimes works on the walls by engraving them, for his studio works he employs materials such as ink and acrylic to express the depth of his color and the scenery alike. The anonymity of these figures calls for an interpretation, an investigation into that world and the one around us as well, and make us question the idea of roles that have somehow been assigned to all of us, as members of modern-day society.
Equipped with simplicity and humor, the artworks of Justin Person leave lots of space for ambivalence, as they introduce a unique kind of aesthetics that mix graphic techniques with contemporary painting. Pink Show, a solo exhibition of works by Justin Person, will be on view at Urban Spree Galerie in Berlin, Germany, from July 7th to July 17th, 2016. The opening reception is scheduled for July 7th, at 7pm.
Featured images in slider: Justin Person - Birdhead The Chop; Justin Person - Olympia, 2016; Justin Person - Fight with Gustave, 2015. All images courtesy Urban Spree Galerie.