May 16th - August 15th, 2014
Installation/Sculpture/New Media/Printmaking/Photography/Mixed Media
Justin Plakas finds and creates characters along with the strange worlds they inhabit. His work investigates the boundary between normalcy and oddity and considers how personal experience informs our understanding of each. He seeks out anomalies and moments that question what we typically believe to be true, allowing for a deeper understanding of specific people and places. His most recent series, A Better Tomorrow, combines found image collages with physical and digital manipulations to create a world that parallels our own. This new world uses language and symbols that we are familiar with, but evokes a sense of secrecy, mystery and anxiety. The artist earned his MFA from the Lamar Dodd School of Art at the University of Georgia in Athens and a BFA from the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Baltimore. He was also a member of the 2012 class of the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. Plakas has exhibited his work at the Mason Murer Gallery (Atlanta, GA), the American Visionary Museum (Baltimore, MD) and Zeitgeist Gallery (Nashville, TN). He has been a residence the Hub City Arts Initiative (Spartanburg, SC) and is the recipient of a Wilson Center for the Humanities Grant.