Description

Justin Stephens’s approach to painting is experimental, allowing his strategies, materials and outcomes to vary from painting to painting. He prioritizes process over final results, which informs his methodology of working, reworking, scraping away, and adding or subtracting diverse materials and objects. Sublimation No-No reveals the reactions that have transformed and altered the canvas, as if the various manipulations had corroded the paint surface, washing out the colour and leaving behind small, clinging debris (staples, bits of CDs). From a distance the fragments look like mother-of-pearl. At once arbitrary and controlled, the artist’s works call attention to their material reality, presenting themselves as textures, colours, objects. They are the outcome of intuitive actions that produce sudden, unexpected effects. J. B.