The work of Greene reflects the indolent, perhaps desperate, lives of those living in the gig economy and social media funhouse of Los Angeles. Uncertainty for the future, pseudo-connection and alienation are reflected in the bright glow of a laptop screen after midnight, in a rented bedroom with no lights on. Reminiscent of 1930s German Expressionism, his dark works have a sadness that reminds of us of our own isolation noir but with the multiple sourced imagery from Disney cartoons of the ‘40s, Hollywood movies and such. In these paintings, we can sense a morbid humor too. Pessimistic, forlorn yet anxious for fun, for relief, for something interesting to happen in them, anything, they are neurotic self analyses, featuring millennial self-absorption with a nervous uncertain laughter, all set to the portent of an underlying doom. With a formal oddity, the high-low combo, that keeps the viewer entranced, they may be the perfect reflection of the times and troubles of this generation. (MP). http://www.justinjohngreene.com

Justin John Greene  The Elysian, 2015 Airbrush media and oil on canvas 48 x 60 inches

Justin John Greene
The Elysian, 2015
Airbrush media and oil on canvas
48 x 60 inches

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Max Presneill & Kio Griffith from ARTRA Curatorial is a volunteer organization for the implementation of new modes of exhibition, locally, nationally and internationally, that feature artist-led emerging platforms and opportunity based interactions and community building via social practice type events. Founded in 2009, the group has instigated large scale art events and exchanges, as well as the alternative art fair Co/Lab, throughout Los Angeles and has new projects being presented in China, France and UK in 2014, as well as the continuation of their MAS ATTACK series of events both in LA and other US cities.

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