Justin BurnsA Gradual Fall, 2020
Acrylic on matte dura-lar
45 x 36 x 3 in
Justin Burns, A Gradual Fall, 2020
My work focuses on the decaying era of a small Texas town where all that is left is the memory of a how things use to be. I begin photographing...
My work focuses on the decaying era of a small Texas town where all that is left is the memory of a how things use to be. I begin photographing interior and exterior weathered relic structures that once were an icon, are now headstones. Eventually these spaces will disappear and will become a distant memory of a time of how things used to be as well as the people who hold special memories to them. These structures were designed for purpose and a force of permanence. The ruins linger as reminder when the train used to stop in Kopperl, TX. I gather stories and songs from relatives and people of the community and try to incorporate what Kopperl was like at its peak. As I paint, I airbrush and brush onto multiple or single transparent layers of duralar (acetate) to emphasize the depth and detail of the space while blending my own romanticized perception and abstraction from memories.