65GRAND is pleased to present All Myths are True, Jasmine Justice’s third solo exhibition with the gallery.
On view is a new body of work made up of paintings Justice thinks of as time machines. Not in the sense that they contain indices of painting’s history, but more in the sense of a science fiction story. In Philip K. Dick’s novel The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, people of the future use “layouts”, what the artist describes as board-game-like constructions, to travel in time or to other planes of reality. With the assistance of a drug, these layouts guide people into a collective dream state.
With this in mind, Justice set out making a series of drawings. She wanted there to be a mechanical or machine-like presence beyond her usual technique of taping off edges, so Justice used classical drafting tools such as French curves to aid in composition. These studies were further mechanized through scanning them into her computer. When she printed them out, the fantastic effects and irregularities produced by ink cartridges running on empty suggested a further sci-fi character to the drawings. Looking at these “found geometries”-as the artist terms them-within the layouts ultimately became the basis for her journey through time and space in the resulting paintings.
Jasmine Justice is based in Istanbul, Turkey. Solo exhibitions include: AtelierFrankfurt, Frankfurt, Germany in 2010 and the CUE Art Foundation, New York, NY curated by David Reed in 2007. Group exhibitions include: Wavers, curated by EJ Hauser and Rob Nadeau, at Sunset Park, Brooklyn, NY in 2012; and Wir Alle Lieben Lüpertz, curated by Doris Kroth, at Körnhäuschen, Aschaffenburg, Germany in 2011. Her work has been written about in The Brooklyn Rail, Chicago Tribune, and on Art21.com and ArtSlant.com. Justice received her MFA from Rutgers University in 2003 and attended the AtelierFrankfurt International Residency Program in 2009.