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Justin Storms
updated: 08/01/2013
website: www.justinstorms.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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It's hard to find a home when the world's the color of bone
detail for, It's hard to find a home when the world's the color of bone
The reason for the season
detail for, the reaon for the season
They came from the north
The ritual
detail for, The ritual
Tug O War
Whaling and moaning
Battle Royale
Untitled
Early morning at the planet
Whale off, at the colosseum
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  historical, narrative, violence, animals, fantasy, illustration, landscape, nature, meditative, obsessive
 
 
It's hard to find a home when the world's the color of bone by Justin Storms
It's hard to find a home when the world's the color of bone
graphite on paper
2008
78in" x  48in" 
detail for, It's hard to find a home when the world's the color of bone by Justin Storms
detail for, It's hard to find a home when the world's the color of bone
graphite on paper
2008
78in" x  48in" 
The reason for the season by Justin Storms
The reason for the season
graphite on paper
2008
11 " x  14 " 
detail for, the reaon for the season by Justin Storms
detail for, the reaon for the season
graphite on paper
2008
11 in" x  14 in" 
They came from the north by Justin Storms
They came from the north
graphite on paper
2009
3 in " x  12 in" 
The ritual by Justin Storms
The ritual
graphite on paper
2008
26in" x  48in" 
detail for, The ritual by Justin Storms
detail for, The ritual
graphite on paper
2008
26in" x  48in" 
Tug O War by Justin Storms
Tug O War
graphite on paper
2008
26in" x  48in" 
Whaling and moaning by Justin Storms
Whaling and moaning
graphite on paper
2008
11in" x  17in" 
Battle Royale by Justin Storms
Battle Royale
graphite on paper
2008
11in" x  17in" 
Untitled by Justin Storms
Untitled
graphite on paper
2008
11in" x  17in" 
Early morning at the planet by Justin Storms
Early morning at the planet
graphite on paper
2008
11in" x  17in" 
Whale off, at the colosseum by Justin Storms
Whale off, at the colosseum
graphite on paper
2008
11in" x  17in" 

Artist Statement


 I use whaling imagery to explore desires and fears of war, sex, tyranny, overpopulation, consumption, cults, global warming, social rituals, and extinction. Much like the maps of early explorers, the society I envision is seen at a microcosmic level. Humans are merely parasites and nature its host. These depictions perhaps allude to the Freudian concept of destrudo: the destructive impulse to destroy both oneself and everything else. This world could also be seen as a fusing of Bosch and early-Japanese landscape painting. Although in this case, man is not living harmoniously in a serene landscape, and Bosch's "Garden of earthly delights" has frozen over, God is no longer present, and every sinner carries a harpoon.

Artist Bio / CV

Exhibitions 2010 "Draw" Museo de la Cuidad de Mexico. Mexico City, Mexico. “Trophy Room” Parker’s Box. Brooklyn, NY. 2009 “In the end, we begin again.” Uster, Switzerland. “Liste Basel.” Anonymous Drawings Archive, Kaskadenkondensator Basel. Switzerland “Drawing Quirks III.” Parker’s Box. Brooklyn, NY. "Draw" Shooting Gallery. San Francisco, CA. “Anonymous Drawings/Selection.”Fruehsorge, Contemporary drawings. Berlin, Germany.. 2008 “Preview Berlin” Berlin Tempelhof Airport, loop gallery. Berlin, Germany. “Figur des Körpers.” loop gallery. Berlin, Germany. “Its Not Easy.” Exit Underground at Exit Art. New York, NY. "Anonymous Drawings / Selection." Stadtscheune Gallery, Otterndorf , Germany. "New American Talent: The Twenty-Third Exhibition." Arthouse at the Jones Center. Austin, TX. "Convergence." Maryland Art Place. Baltimore, MD. "Passage.", curated by Jason Hughes, The Library. Baltimore, MD. " Anonymous Drawings N° 8". Meinblau e.V., Berlin, Germany. "Draw" Stolen Space Gallery - London. UK. 2007 "Rumors" Current Gallery, Baltimore, MD. "Re-appropriating the Ancient," Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD. Awards 2010 Triangle Residency. Brooklyn, NY. 2009 Akku Award studio & residency grant , Uster, Switzerland 2008 Karl Hofer Gesellschaft, Berlin, Germany Triangle Workshop, Brooklyn, NY Hoffberger Painting Award, Baltimore, MD Publications 2010 Eduard Gautschi, “Der Weltuntergang hat nicht nur Schattenseiten.” Tages Anzeiger, Oberland. Andreas Leisi, ”Die geheimnisvolle Lust, Künstler zu sein.” Zürcher Oberländer. Sina Najafi, Artist Project: The Grey Unknown. Cabinet Magazine, Issue 33. Spring 2009 Alexandra Jans, “Storms wirbelt Kunstszene auf.” Tages-Anzeiger, Oberland. 2009 Paddy Johnson, Triangle International and National Residency. Art Fag City. Angella Emmett, An experiment with “New American Talent,” Glasstire. Kate Noonan, Group Dynamics. Baltimore City Paper. Jean Claire van Ryzin, This year’s ‘New American Talent’. Art Austin.