Justin Archer

2021

HM Place recipient

Expressed primarily through incomplete figures, my sculptural works are motivated by an understanding of contemporary humanity. Through the subtractive process of wood carving I create life-size figures and everyday objects. Directly referenced from the people, and imagery, around me, these sculptures serve as icons of our daily experiences.

Mimicking a type of pixilation, these sculptures are composed of hundreds of blocks of wood. Through varying degrees of fragmentation, this digital decay prompts us to consider what has occurred, and what could be. Within each of these figures are additional elements that house aspects of the narratives being produced. A woman, reflecting the gesture of ancient marble statues, waits under an umbrella for an unseen storm. High fashion sneakers adorn a man dissolving through the air. A contemplative figure looks out in peace despite the cinder block seated in his chest. Contemplating the contemporary issues of our culture, these sculptures invite the viewer to join their introspection. Prompting us to consider how our experiences might inform the shared realities of our humanity, and our place within it.

  • A Whisper Over the Water

    A Whisper Over the Water 22x22x86" 2020

    A contemporary imagining of “The Winged Victory"

  • A Whisper Over the Water (side view)

    A Whisper Over the Water (side view) 22x22x86" 2020

    A contemporary imagining of “The Winged Victory"

  • Warmth

    Warmth 20x16x60" 2020

    A hoodie suspended in space

  • Becoming

    Becoming Variable (Installation) 2019

    Exploration of the process of becoming human

  • Becoming (detail)

    Becoming (detail) Variable (Installation) 2019

    Exploration of the process of becoming human

  • Becoming (detail)

    Becoming (detail) Variable (Installation) 2019

    Exploration of the process of becoming human

  • Becoming (detail)

    Becoming (detail) Variable (Installation) 2019

    Exploration of the process of becoming human

  • Becoming (detail)

    Becoming (detail) Variable (Installation) 2019

    Exploration of the process of becoming human

  • Oh, That We Would Know Where Abundance is Found

    Oh, That We Would Know Where Abundance is Found 50x25x48" 2017

    Exploration of the constant pull of our attention

  • Oh, That We Would Know Where Abundance is Found (detail)

    Oh, That We Would Know Where Abundance is Found (detail) 50x25x48" 2017

    Exploration of the constant pull of our attention