This installation, prepared and achieved through mixed-media experimentation, explores traditional and non-traditional processes and their influence on the conceptual progression of a body of work. Justin DL
Justin DL describes his work primarily in terms of ‘process’ and, in this installation, he presents a configuration of abstracted physical images of hands recreated in various styles and which encompass a range of media and production processes in the evolution of the work.
The artist frequently uses photographic images as source material. On the surface this might appear to explore a semi-autobiographical strand, referencing photographs from family albums for example. However these photographs usually show situations at which the artist was not present and therefore he remains on the outside. The implied sense of intimacy combined with actual distance gives rise to further speculation about the material, which the artist explores largely through visual means and a tension between hand and technology ‘and their influence on the conceptual progression of a body of work.’
Justin DL experiments with ‘process’ and his approach is open-ended with no easily identifiable start and end points. The ‘found’ family photograph, which serves as source material, already has an independent history and significance but can also be seen as a generic form, with the potential for transposition through abstraction. Some elements of the creative process are completely mechanical or digital using current technology in combination with traditional technologies such as the printing press. Other actions rely upon the direct intervention of the hand of the artist, usually wielding an implement of some kind – pencil, crayon, brush or jig saw.
‘Hands Made This’ suggests the reliance on the artists own ability to craft and manipulate all the material available but also the acceptance and/or role of the hand in art-making processes even if some of the material is appropriated. Justin DL