Justin Larkin is a graduate of the Royal College of Art, who received our 2011 New Graduate Award.
“To captivate the imagination is crucial.
Making relationships is an essential part to what I do. Combinations of images, removed from their original narrative context become obsolete in one sense but available for reanimation in another, vastly different scenario. Reconfigured pieces are positioned in dramatic new situations where notions of value and authenticity are questioned.
Working intuitively and instinctively, overflowing spills of installations imbued with humor are play are part of the creation process. Photographs, painting, printed matter, sculpture, drawing and collage are all important. Cartoons also play an important role, their illustration of physical and mental situations, presented illogically, are inspiring.
Often, polar aspects reside in the work. Primarily concerned with metaphysical dualities: the play of opposing concepts such as true or false, presence and absence, inside and outside, authentic and manufactured, disgusting and beautiful, history and future, sense and nonsense.
My visual language is positioned within Pop, but refuses it’s flashiness. I hope to inspire, delight and intrigue the beholder in some way.”