Independent. Brussels, Belgium
« I am interested in the act of painting as a way to explore the idea of conceptual metaphors, metaphors that structure our world view and perspective. ( see ‘metaphors we live by’ by Lakoff) . For me, painting, in an improvisational mode, can turn the process of metaphor into a visual performance or an evidence, a constant sliding across the surface of a subject, it can enact the semantic jumps the mind makes when likening one thing to another and it provides an evidence of this fundamental activity. I have used text and text-like forms in my paintings a lot, and my interest is around the borders of where text becomes body, things that can hover between legibility and sensibility. I am interested in the choosing of objects to invest with meaning and create a narrative, but also to look at the mechanics and syntax of that meaning and how it is created. Painting becomes a machine that allows metonymic growth, a kind of world building. »
Justin Fitzpatrick lives and works in London. Recent solo exhibition : F-R-O-N-T-I-S-P-I-E-C-E at Seventeen, London, and an upcoming solo show at Sultana (sept 2017). Recent group exhibitions include Streams of Warm Impermanence, David Roberts Art Foundation, London; Amazing Girls / It’s Complicated, KevinSpace, Vienna; Bloomberg New Contemporaries, ICA, London.