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 Honolulu, and works as Associate Director of Outreach for the Honolulu Museum of Art School.
My work expands the frame of perception through altered spatial and temporal scales. I use collage to hold together disparate moments in time and to dislodge objects from existing hierarchies of physical scale. Incorporating my own photographs and historic public domain images, I treat elements in these pictures as found objects that I can 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
Un-natural Nature, Group Exhibition, SciArt Center, New York, NY
Honolulu Japanese Chamber of Commerce 36th Annual Commitment to Excellence, Group Exhibition, Honolulu, HI – 2nd place award in the two-dimensional art category for “New Arrivals Upon the Salted Shore” and Recognition Award from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts for “To the Hills”
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)