Honky Tonk
Justin Colt Beckman

November 6 - 22, 2008

Opening Reception: 5-8pm
First Thursday, November 6, 2008

Artist will be in attendance the first weekend of the exhibition.


Inspired by music variety shows, karaoke, and childhood lip-sync concerts, Justin Colt Beckman’s Honky Tonk transforms PUNCH Gallery into a full-scale country bar for three weeks during the month of November. Combining video projection and sound, with found materials he's dragging over from rural Washington, Beckman continues his investigation into the urban/rural dichotomy and its associated stereotypes as he explores the act of country music stardom vicariously through his art-making. 

In their many manifestations, the terms hillbilly, redneck, and white trash have been used in national media representations and by Americans within and outside rural areas to both uphold and challenge the dominant trends of contemporary American life, including urbanization, the ever-expanding centrality of technology, and the resulting routinization of American life. While often used to define the benefits of advanced civilization through negative counterexample, these terms have also been used to question the legitimacy of modernity and progress. Whatever. We just want to drink some cold beer, throw our peanut shells on the floor, and watch Beckman sing a few of his favorite country tunes.

Beckman received a BFA in Fine Art with an emphasis in photography and film/video from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA in 1998.  Since December 2001, he has been living and working in central Washington and currently resides in the unincorporated town of Thorp.

A recent MFA graduate in Sculpture from Central Washington University, Beckman has exhibited work both locally and nationally 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, as well as a recent installation at Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, New Jersey.


November Hours: Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat,
or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Ira Eduardovna
(more info)


Untitled (study for Honky Tonk)
still from video, 2008

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