Justin Ginsberg - Long Gesture

Justin Ginsberg (USA)
Long Gesture

conceptual work



My work is an investigation into the beauty, strength, and fragility of humans and nature, all which work in balanced systems of erosion, transformation, and regeneration. Through action and documentation, my work challenges the presumed nature of things, forcing the viewer to confront the inevitabilities of existence.

I view the process of making art as a type of experimentation. I challenge myself by trying to push the limits of a material and how it reacts to the world around it, seeking to find a breaking point. I always felt a particular connection to glass, and its ability to serve as a visual metaphor for our fate as human.

One of the untraditional ways I have begun to explore glass began by making a single hair like thread of crystal. Its mere existence seems implausible. I began grouping the strands, choreographing compositions, and fusing the fragile lines together with heat in order to create a mark, wrought through gesture. Reminiscent of a calligraphic brush stroke, they comprise a mark that invokes an idea of spirit, as if it is the echo of an action. The work has a deceptive quality, playing off the tension between graphically composed glass and the illusion it creates. Like the unique stylization of a signature, the mark seemed to be eternally connected to a maker, a moment, and an end.

My most recent work utilizes hundreds of hand made strands of glass, suspended by monofilament. The horizontal compositions often float in vacant and abandoned space between the boundary of darkness and light. The strands are free to fall, bend and tangle according to the specifics of space and the force of gravity. The thickness of each individual strand determines to what extent it will flex, and at times-- the pressure will be too great-- forcing some to break; making the work even more fragile and fleeting. In conjunction with the temporary and tension enriched glass formation, large scale giclee images are presented as not only documentation, but as pieces in their own right. The two together demonstrate an attempt to preserve the ephemeral, providing a window into a specific moment, at a specific location. The result forms a dangerous balance between the act of creation and the potential for destruction.

At some point we must accept the fact that we are fragile. We are vulnerable. We are temporary and every moment is inherently fleeting. We must cherish this balance despite our own individual impermanence and deterioration, aware that the infinite all around continues.



Justin Ginsberg - Long Gesture 2



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