R. JUSTIN STEWART
Description of Work
Inspired by the evolving interpretation of ideas, Justin’s work investigates how information is translated, transformed and conveyed across time and space. The complex process of interpretation through which civilizations and individuals alike make sense of information, is deeply rooted in a contextual belief structure. The changing of such structures greatly impacts the resulting understanding of ideas and information. His work presents the viewer with information that has been translated through an unfamiliar lens of visual display. The disconnect that arises between different presentations of identical information highlights the need for a historical and contextual investigation in order to make sense of the world we live in.
R. Justin Stewart attended the Kansas City Art Institute where he earned his BFA in 2003, followed by the University of Minnesota where he earned an MFA in 2008. He currently lives and works in New York City. Justin’s recent selected exhibitions include: The Invisible Dog Art Center, New York, NY, Like The Spice Gallery, New York, NY, H&R Block ArtSpace, Kansas City, MO, Winkleman Gallery, New York, NY, Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, Spaces SpaceLab, Cleveland, OH, +Plus Gallery, Denver, CO, Grounds for Sculpture, Hamilton, NJ, Soo Visual Art Center, Minneapolis, MN, Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE (2005), Klein Art Works, Chicago, IL. Justin has received awards including the International Sculpture Center 2007 Student Achievement in Sculpture Award and the Katherine E. Nash Purchase Prize. Justin was also an artist in residence at Red Line Studios (Denver) in 2009 and the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts (Omaha) in 2005. Justin uses ordinary materials, such as pen and paper, fleece, wooden spheres, ropes, zip ties, and o-rings to create 2- and 3-dimensional maps, systems and structures. His work tends to be simplistic in the materials and construction techniques, yet simultaneously intricate and complex in their final manifestations. These art works are often based upon empirical data that Justin gathers from the world, either through research into preexisting systems like transit maps, or more personal information based on his own movements.