Monday, February 2, 2015

OC Caravan | Macy Gray | Justin Bower

Justin Bower & Macy Gray

(L-R) Jill Kirkwood Harvey, Keariene Muizz, Macy Gray, and April Johnson at KX 93.5 FM
Photo Credit: Faye's Captured Moments

PODCAST LINK: KX 93.5 FM | OC Caravan | Macy Gray | Justin Bower


Justin Bower is as upbeat as he is off-beat, and I say that as a compliment.  There is a confidence and humility broiling in the thick tenor of his voice as syllables detonate, unsuspectingly, in the same manner as his art.  There is a quiet storm systematically unleashed by Justin. It is strategic, mathematical, and even, which balances the chaos that ripples through the canvas like a mirror crashing on the ground.  His paintings assault you with thier beauty and their larger-than-life dimensions announce, by the breadth of their scale, foot by imperial foot, wall by alpine wall, that we are in the eye of his storm.   And like accomplices casing rooms for something of value -our eyes can not divert from such treasure.  Our pupils widen in wonder, trying to reconcile the shattered parts of ourselves through his pigment-infused rebellion; a dialogue that has somehow begun, miraculously, subsumed in our lifetime, encapsulated in the now.

In his work there is a presence. In his work there is a sense of urgency as we are "visited" by another version of ourselves; the future becomes a part of the immediate as we are transported, in the blink of an eye, to accommodate his adaptation of who we are.

(Images courtesy of the artist)

Spaceboy V (7' x 6'), 2013  Justin Bower

Artist Justin Bower with wife Jaclyn Bower and son.
Moment of Collision (11' x 9'), 2013 Justin Bower