Gallery AXIS is proud to present the work of Justin Kane Elder at the next First Thursday Art Walk! Opening reception will take place June 5th from 5-9PM at 308 1st Ave S.
This series of work is intended to give voice to the disturbing amount of endangered species across the planet. In our short life span we have witnessed multiple species being eradicated from the planet at an alarming rate. Every subject presented in this body of work is vanishing. Soon there will only be photographic evidence left of their existence.
Elder’s exhibition is a series of multi-media works set out to explore the cultural effects of extinction and to bring awareness to the epidemic. Visual elements such as patterning, repetition, and dissection are used as references to the proﬁt driven human presence that is at the forefront of this epidemic.
Justin Kane Elder is a Seattle based artist. He studied at Cornish College of the Arts, earning a BFA in 2002 with an emphasis on painting and sculpture. He is one member of the artist group Electric Coffin. His work is shown in Seattle and various cities along the West Coast as well as internationally.
My work is based on the relationship between the portrait and the process. Each portrait is a humanistic abstraction of the subject.
The portrait fascinates me because it has the ability to create an intimate viewing experience. Faces are everywhere and we can all relate to them. By enlarging them a new dynamic is uncovered. It allows us to study that persons’ features in close detail. Up close those features become abstract. By simplifying those features into basic shapes and facets a new portrait is created.
The subjects in each portrait have some emotional attachment with me. Be it current or from my past. Each portrait is also scrutinized and chosen to display an obscure view of each individual. I spend hours searching for right image. The goal is to find a photo that shows the actual individual and not the persona they are known for. The animals I paint are picked because each one conveys a very human quality. The grizzly, for example, has a puzzled yet stoic expression. This contrasts but also highlights the very electric quality in which he is rendered.
The painting process involves deconstruction and reassembly. I disassemble an image into basic geometric shapes and then rebuild it with those shapes. Each piece is an additive process formed by amassing different layers of media. Similar to the way a builder constructs a home, the portrait becomes the house built from this process.
The final result is a dynamic visual display of color and form.
This is my medium of communication.