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Justin Bean


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In this painting, "Subset", I was interested in using a gestural approach to paint application constrained within a geometric armature. Willem DeKooning, the abstract expressionist, is one of my favorite painters, and the paintings he made in his later years demonstrate a restraint and subtlety, making use of white mixed with strongly chromatic hues that was dragged, most likely with a variety of palette knives and other tools, along the canvas surface. For my painting, I found the title "Subset" appropriate in that the elements of expressionistic mark-making are a subset within the geometric framework.

28"H × 22"W × 1.25"D
Acrylic on canvas


In my paintings I seek to integrate multiple modes of abstraction and create a visual language that speaks to coded networks of information and the relationship of the individual to the wider technological present. Using patterns, grids, geometry, and a variety of paint application techniques, my paintings act as mirrors that reflect the point at which thought intersects with form and material intersects with meaning.

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