Justin Terry
Fine Arts, United States
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Brief Summary

I started making the paintings on my site while I was working on my Masters thesis at Pratt.  I was writing about relationships between Pre-Colombian sacred landscapes and Earthworks, and more specifically how both expressions evolved around natural elements of time.

The pieces I began to make were inspired by Gerhard Richter’s squeegeed abstracts and Mark Rothko’s colorfield paintings.  Through this study and process I started to notice how aspects of time were an important component of my work.

These abstracts come from a process that utilizes two of time’s key components – friction and movement – to exploit the materiality of paint.  Cumulative layers of paint are dragged across a rigid support, lifted off, and placed back down.   Scrapes, marks, and color blends are left behind and are not unlike the traces that accrue on our streets and in our homes from our daily comings on goings.  Repetition and movement mark our days.

My interest in music is also a driving force behind these works.  What happens in a painting is similar to what happens when you hear music.  There are patterns of repetition, percussive devises, variable tones and pitches, and moments of harmony and discord.  Be it in a painting or a song, these items are brought together to create space – one audible, one optical – both sonorous and resonant in their own right.

As colors mix on the panel, marks, lines and light intrinsically emerge.  I take notice of – and work with – the unique blends, surface breaks, and other incidental details that come forth.  Each painting takes its title from the day on which it was completed, thus leaving a meditative gesture towards the anonymous day.

Justin Terry grew up in Nashville, Tennessee and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.  He received his BFA from the University of Colorado at Boulder and earned two Masters degrees from Pratt Institute (MFA – Fine Arts & MS – Theory, Criticism and History of  Art, Design, and Architecture).  He is currently represented in Nashville, TN by Zeitgeist Gallery.

Zeitgeist Gallery
Vanderbilt University Law School
Nashville International Airport
Kix Brooks
Medco Health
Professional Experience

Knoxville, TN
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY
MFA Fine Arts, 2009
MS Theory, Criticism, and History of Art, Design, and Architecture, 2009

University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
BFA Fine Arts, 1997

Solo Exhibitions
Hush the Static, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2010
2 Paintings, Flying Solo Exhibition Series, Nashville International Airport, Nashville, TN, 2009-10
Daily, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2009
Four Paintings, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2007
Rumors Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2002
Belcourt Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2002

Group Exhibitions
Art in Open Spaces, Zeitgeist Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2009
Art.works 4 A.C.E., Mimi Ferzt Gallery, NY, NY, 2009
Point of Departure – MFA DUMBO Show, Brooklyn, NY, 2006
Pratt Artists League Exhibition, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2005
MFA Group Exhibition, Stueben Gallery, Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY, 2005
Rumors Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2004
The Soundtrack of Our Lives, curated by Brittany Conner of Belmont University, Mercy Lounge, Nashville, TN, 2004
PDS/USN Art Exhibition, USN Christine Slayden Tibbott Center, Nashville, TN, 2004
Nashville CARES Benefit Exhibition, Christine Slayden Tibbot Center, Nashville, TN, 2003
Exhibition for Youth Encouragement Services Charity for Inner City Youth, Franklin Factory, Franklin, TN, 2003
Rumors Gallery, Nashville, TN, 2003
MORE, An Untitled Artist Group Exhibition, Cummings Station, Nashville, TN, 2002
23 Potential Hazards, B.F.A. Thesis Exhibition, CU Art Galleries, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, 1997

Powers, Randy. “Abstract Day.” RKPowersphoto. http://rkpowers.wordpress.com/2010/03/17/abstract-day/ March 17, 2010.
Nolan, Joe. “Hush Hush.” Nashville Scene.  http://www.nashvillescene.com/nashville/hush-the-static-at-zeitgeist/Content?oid=1465047 March, 27, 2010.
Ferraro, Natalie.  ”Today I Love Justin Terry.”  Plushus.com.  http://plushus.com/page.php?id=628.  June 7, 2009.
Wibking, Angela. “New Kid On The Block – New Works By Jason Erwin and Justin Terry.” Nashville Scene. May 16, 2002.
De La Rosa, Alfredo. “’23 Potential Hazards’ More Fun Than Scary.” Colorado Daily. May 12, 1997.


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