JUSTIN BOWER

Justin Bower paints his subjects as de-stabilized, fractured post-humans in a nexus of interlocking spatial systems. His paintings problematize how we define ourselves in this digital and virtual age while suggesting the impossibility of grasping such a slippery notion.

The ongoing decoding of the human body, a formula to each individual’s genome, confronts us with a radical question of “What are we? Am I a code that can be reduced and multiplied infinitely?”  Bower’s paintings begin to open a dialogue to this destabilizing effect/trauma technology has on the individual that has infected the daily lives of contemporary man. He shows this destabilization through the doubling of features - multiple eyes, spliced noses, melting mouths - and the whiplash motion invoked in his Abstract Expressionist process.

Artist CV

Articles/Press:

Beneath the Skin: The Paintings of Justin Bower (KCET)

Exclusive Interview with Justin Bower (Hi-Fructose Magazine)

artnet Asks: Artist Justin Bower Got Stabbed, Went to Grad School

Justin Bower: A Satellite of Direction (Execute Magazine)

Studio Visit: Justin Bower, A Face in Time (Art and Cake Magazine)

Art review: Justin Bower at Ace Gallery (LA Times) 

Justin Bower Video (by Eric Minh Swenson)