Featured Artist Justine Bianco Shares Details About Her Art
Can you explain the way that your interest in science informs your work?
In many ways my art shares scientific process, material experimentation, constant trial and error, and trying to understand or discover something by looking into the microcosm and macrocosm of the world. I have always loved both science and art, but ultimately relished art’s lack of rules. Rather than mixing chemicals in a lab, I mix art materials in my studio. After the material experiments, I use my camera to reframe the way those experiments are viewed.
What was the process by which you arrived at your current style?
I have been involved in visual art for a very long time, so I have worked my way through many materials and styles. I attended School of the Arts High School in San Francisco, where I was trained in traditional representational oil painting. By the time I was pursuing my undergraduate studies, I was thirsty and excited to know all materials and styles and I spent mornings welding flying machines out of bicycle parts in the metal shop and then evenings working in photo and stone lithography. I was continually searching styles for a means of expression that could be understood more universally. It was during my graduate studies that I found a way of pulling from all my materials training and came into my current style and process. People are often intimidated by abstract art.
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What is your advice on “reading” art?
Unfortunately, people are often intimidated by contemporary art, abstract or not. People feel there is a right way to respond to a piece of art and that you need a ton of background info in order to access the artist’s concept. I would tell those people who are intimidated by abstract art they should simply stop and take time just looking and feeling. Every viewer’s response to a work of art is valid. Sometimes art leaves you asking more questions or looking at the world differently, and other times it is just a moment of simple visual exchange with nothing else. Don’t be afraid to have your own response!
Justine is a member of Perspective Group and Photography Gallery. To see more of her work, visit justinebianco.com or go to Perspective Gallery, 1300 Chicago Avenue, Evanston, perspectivegallery.org.
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