MountainFilm 2017: Justin Brice Guariglia



MountainFilm 2017: Justin Brice Guariglia
May 24 – Jun 8, 2017


Phenomena ad Noumena (small picture studies)

Telluride Gallery of Fine Art and Telluride MountainFilm are pleased to announce it’s first exhibition with the New York based artist Justin Brice Guariglia, Phenomena ad Noumena (small picture studies), on view from May 26 through June 6. Over the last two decades Guariglia has developed a unique transdisciplinary art practice which often involves collaboration with scientists, philosophers and journalists in order to develop a more informed, holistic, ontological world view. In doing so, his art has become a research practice to investigate the world, and an attempt to forge a deeper understanding of important ecological issues of our time.

In Phenomena ad Noumena (small picture studies), Guariglia posits that the gap between “phenomena,” that which we sense or perceive, and “noumena,” the object that exists without sense or perception, might be worth heightened scrutiny in the age of the Anthropocene. This new geological epoch, also called “the human age,” is distinctly marked as a time when non-sentient beings (i.e. - ice sheets), begin to make decisive contact with sentient beings (i.e. - humans), in the form of non-local phenomena like global warming, sea level rise, and a rapidly changing climate. For Guariglia, these becoming important points of exploration in his work, as he attempts to make these virtually unknowable, existential abstracts, visceral and felt.

Guariglia’s work seemingly walks the line between painting and photography. The smaller paintings in the gallery consist of portraits of Greenland’s deglaciated mountains which have been shaped by millions of years of glacial and interglacial periods, but recently have become rapidly exposed due to human caused ablation of the ice sheets through global warming. The images, which Guariglia has taken from NASA flights over Greenland, are digitally sprayed with an acrylic onto the surface of the panel, in a printing process which the artist has pioneered, gently pushing the image into abstraction, reminding us of the ambiguity that exists in the gap between that which we perceive, and that which exists.

The larger more photographic works, are pictures of the calving facade of the Russell Glacier, a land terminating glacier located in Qeqqata, Greenland. The abstract images slowly reveal to the viewer the complex fissures and stress cracks in the 110,000 year old ice, as seen only moments before it calves off into the seasonal glacial run-off stream below. Once in the river, the ice begins it’s phase change to it’s liquid state as it’s swept into the world’s oceans.

Justin Brice Guariglia was born in 1974 and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He is a trans- disciplinary artist working at the nexus of painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture. His work explores ecology through the lens of politics, culture, science, journalism, mythology and art history. His experimentation with materials, processes, and techniques inform and shape the work, forging new ways of seeing and experiencing the world.

His artist intervention app After Ice, which launched on Earth Day of 2017, visualizes, localizes and make personal sea level rise, and was featured on the front page of the iTunes store, receiving 15 million impressions in the first 5 days of launching.

Guariglia’s work is in the collections of the Norton Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and numerous private collections. Guariglia was awarded the Simmons Foundation Fellowship at the New Lab in New York City for Summer of 2017, and the Howard Foundation Fellowship in Photography for 2017-2018 at Brown University. His forthcoming solo show Earth Works: Mapping the Anthropocene will debut at the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach on September 5, 2017, before traveling to the Fischer Museum of Art at USC in Los Angeles in 2018.

Guariglia, who has flown on NASA science missions in 2015 and 2016 with NASA’s Operation Ice Bridge, has recently begun a collaboration with NASA/JPL Oceans Melting Greenland (OMG) mission, and will continue flying on flights through 2020.

Guariglia can be followed on INSTAGRAM @justinbriceguariglia