Justin Colt Beckman

September 6 – 30, 2007

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, September 6, 2007

Artist will be in attendance the first and final Saturdays of the month.

Continuing with his ongoing investigation into the dichotomy between urban and rural cultures and stereotypes, Justin Colt Beckman’s multi-media installation, Homestead, explores the banality of daily life and the contrast of private space and public experience. Through the use of sound, video projection and found materials, Beckman creates a rural homestead where time, place and identity are ambiguous and fluid – a self-portrait and voyeuristic opportunity to ponder the question, “are the private lives of others really so interesting?”

Having recently acquired and removed a small abandoned building from the central Washington landscape, Beckman gives the building a new sense of place in the urban setting of Seattle’s PUNCH Gallery. The installation functions as a self portrait and incorporates life-size video projections of the artist and his dog engaging in the uninspired yet necessary trivia of daily living. The main characters in Homestead become digital, ghost-like references to the deterioration of both “real” time and the tangible qualities of our daily lives and interactions. Existing somewhere between a stage set and the digital realm of ones and zeros, viewers are given the freedom to gaze upon the private activities of the subjects without the hang-ups of real-life interaction.

In 1998, Beckman received a BFA in Fine Art with emphasis in photography and film/video from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. Since December 2001, he has been living and working in central Washington and currently resides in the unincorporated town of Thorp. A 2008 MFA candidate in Sculpture at Central Washington University, Beckman has exhibited work both locally and internationally including Art Share in Los Angeles, CA; The Museum of Art in Ft. Lauderdale, FL; G.A.S.P. in Boston, MA; Tacoma Art Museum’s 8th Northwest Biennial and most recently at the Sguardi Sonori traveling festival of media and time based art in Italy.

Hours: Noon-5pm Friday-Sunday,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Joanna Thomas
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