Certain and Endless Fig. 3, archival pigment print, resin, dye, 33.5" x 33.5" x 2"

Self/Non-Self: Sequence and Abstraction
Art by Justin D. Strom

DCAC's Curatorial Initiative

Curated by Jefferson Pinder
Apprentice Curator: Kayleigh Bryant-Greenwell

April 24 - June 14
Opening reception: Friday, April 24, 7-9 pm
Artist talk & closing reception: Sunday, May 17, 5 pm

In his first solo exhibition in Washington, artist Justin D. Strom presents seductive surfaces that express an aesthetic based on the human image as shaped by, and reflecting, our digital age: an age that attempts to dissolve the distinction between the virtual and the corporeal. Employing a hybrid of photography and digital printmaking, Strom navigates a world of microbiology and abstraction. Strom references opulent Dutch still life paintings through a rich canvas of constructed scenes that act as symbolic reminders of transformation and impermanence.

In Strom’s work, deepened black spaces deploy a sensibility towards negative space while vibrantly colorful surfaces draw you into a world of unfamiliar objects. These objects reference imagery of botanicals and life itself. The chiaroscuro-like space is a stage for these strange figures to consume your attention, yet a sense of danger lingers beneath the surface—a warning against the luxurious and opulent feeling of these objects, referencing the brevity of life.

Engaging with issues in microbiology, cloning, and genetic sequencing with a sensibility for the fantastical sci-fi films of the late 60s and early 80s, Strom toes the line between reality and fiction and considers our place in both. Abstraction becomes mutation, sequencing becomes the repetition of forms, and the line between art, science, technology is entirely blurred.

Of the body, of science and its fiction, of digital imagery itself, these works are a heightened sense of the immediacy of today’s major issues, concerning universal and personal experiences with technology, change, and our environment.

 

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SELF/NON-SELF: SEQUENCE AND ABSTRACTION
April 24 - June 14
Opening Reception: Friday, April 24, 7-9 pm
Artist Talk: Sunday, May 17, 5 pm

 

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March 13 - June 21
Opening Reception: Friday, March 13, 7-9 pm
Gallery Talk: Sunday, June 21, 5 pm

 

 

 

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July 10 - September 6
Hang Your Work: July 8-10

 

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