Justin Davies likes to work in a range of media which he uses to integrate historical, scientific and aesthetic perspectives. His art is influenced by his explorations of places where he has lived and by his love of film. He lives with his wife and daughter in Kalamazoo, MI, where he works as a curriculum designer and educational consultant.
I use collage to hold together disparate moments in time and to manipulate the physical scale in my scenes. I incorporate my own photographs and historic, public domain images, which I arrange to create a sort of photographic theatre from bygone moments of early 20th century life.
I am interested in the cultural and ecological dislocation that occurs as people move beyond their childhood haunts. I am also interested in the evolutionary dislocation that has occurred as we have built and surrounded ourselves with environments that are very different from the landscapes in which our species evolved. Standing in a space outside of our evolutionary context, I believe that our senses continue to look for the evolutionarily familiar. I create art as a way of reconstructing my own vestigial sensibilities and as a means of exploring the bewilderment that accompanies dislocation.
Exhibitions and Presentations
Makiki, Group Exhibition with Duncan Dempster, Fishcake, Honolulu, HI
Unsonmay: Recent Work by Justin Davies, Solo Exhibition, Honolulu Museum of Art at the First Hawaiian Center, Honolulu, HI
Small Photos, Group Exhibition, Fishcake, Honolulu, HI
Disremember, Solo Exhibition, Brue Bar, Honolulu, HI
Un-natural Nature, Group Exhibition, SciArt Center, New York, NY
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce 36th Annual Commitment to Excellence, Group Exhibition, Honolulu, HI
Kaka‘ako: water • land • people, Group Exhibition, Fishcake, Honolulu, HI
Post-apocalyptic Whistlepig (Marmota monax futuri), Solo Exhibition, diorama, Honolulu Museum of Art School, Nanogallery, Honolulu, HI
Honolulu Museum of Art Staff Exhibition, Group Exhibition, Honolulu, HI
A Snip in the Fabric of Time, Presentation, PechaKucha #19,, Honolulu, HI
Solo Exhibition, Pig and the Lady, Honolulu, HI
Immix Images, Group Exhibition, Fishcake, Honolulu, HI (with photographers Ivan Wentland and Mark Arbeit)