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Justin Raphael Roykovich is a conceptual and research based artist working in and between New York, Washington, DC and, most recently, Minneapolis. He received his MFA in Visual Art from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University in 2014 + his BFA in Art and Visual Technology, cum laude and with departmental honors, from George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia in 2011. His work takes physical form in installations, photography, video, found-object based sculptures and writings - as well as this entire website. His practice involves investigating and archiving information to connect through time and space in order to document instances beyond the veil of the present, reaching back to the past and into the future. He combines varying media to create new narratives within our popular culture, redefining meaning and reinterpreting context in order to display new ways of viewing. His work as been shown across the United States and internationally. He is currently an artist in residence at the Galveston Artist Residency for the 2017-2018 cycle.
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His childhood home was haunted, and he was seemingly predestined to involve himself in areas of the sublime & uncanny: his biological father was born in Amityville, New York, site of the well known house in which an alleged demonic possession and subsequent murder took place; his maternal grandmother was born and raised in Sleepy Hollow, New York - the location known for the folklore of Washington Irving, who embedded into the American psyche a pervasive and ghostly cultural identity with his Headless Horseman; he himself was born in Aurora, Colorado, the site that would become infamous for the 2012 movie theater shootings where 12 people died. He was subsequently was raised in northern New Jersey, in a small, rural town that Weird New Jersey Magazine once coined the epicenter for "weirdness" in the entire state; in his hometown, he frequently traversed what some call one of the most haunted roads in America. More spooky. More (starts at 06:30). More (#2).
What's your sign?
He is a Virgo who shares a Leo cusp, with a Libra rising sign; he boldly likes his order with a healthy balance of chaos.
I examine the peripheries of human existence through our relationship to the natural world.
I investigate the connections between our perception of reality while looking at how the unseen forces of the universe affect our lives and our imaginations by searching along this perimeter.
I utilize photography, video, performance and installation to document and explore psychic environments of intersections, systems, networks and experience through time using myself as a queer-coded conduit.
I explore locations - both the geographic and the liminal - to expose and document how the layers of history, mythology and psychic scars of a site can affect the phenomenological intersections of current physical, mental and emotional experiences within that place and time.
All of the above happens through creative research that explores the spatial exchanges between existing entities at a specific location. These explorations result in large installations and mappings based off environmental recollection which serve as a nerve center to explore, document and connect these various histories - both personal and collective - through photographs, video, found and made objects, print media and sculpture.
The distance between objects through the principle of locality in physics is thoroughly explored, as is the spatial and tangible memory that those objects hold in relationship to one another. Using systems theory, social abstraction, and philosophical physics, I am in dialog with other contemporary artists that deal with these broad ideas of humanity, perception, integration, environment (real and imaged), wonder and awe. With this as motivation, I move beyond just the found or made object and into the informational history embedded within that material. I seek to provide theoretical and visual connections through immersive onsite research that leads to an investigation of the hidden systems of everyday life.
“On Time”: Through physics, we know that time depends on motion, and motion depends on having mass, even if infinitesimal. (Except for photons and gluons of course, but that’s a different discussion.) Our perception of time is also dependent on how much attention our brain pays to it. Yet, what are the implications of time for things that are supposedly massless - like thoughts or consciousness – and especially the very idea of “being” something or someone? Are these things bound by the same natural laws, and what if they are not? If light can travel, why can’t other massless things – or if they can, what allows them to? These perceptions about our own realities reflect back in my work to investigate these knowingly unanswerable and sublime questions. Yet, it is through the attempts at grasping at the aether at each site that leads me on a continuous exploration of our existence within what we see as reality. I catalog and document these attempts through the lens, installation process and the interdisciplinary nature of my work.
These various components of my practice come together to abstract and interpret time, experience, existence, and show how random bits of data can make up personal and cultural realities - or, in essence, our lives when taken through a geographic location. I think of this in terms of how to fold down time to access all the layers at once. So far, I have documented this process in my own hometown, in 2 areas of upstate New York, an old World War 2 weapons facility, the Twin Cities area of Minnesota and now in Galveston, Texas. This continues as I myself move through space, documenting my own movement through time, and exploring the web of intersections that happen as we all flow from one state to another.
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As a conceptual artist with no gallery representation, it is often very difficult to make money off of my work, as it does not always result in art objects of a traditional sense. However, I do offer small editions of my work, either in print or video form. Please simply inquire about editions and availability by sending a note through the form above. Also, I am openly looking for opportunities to travel and spend time in various sites across the world in an effort to continuously document and research these psychic histories that are embedded within geography and landscape. If there might be a location suggestion or request, again by all means, please get in touch.
Similarly, I most gratefully welcome any donations that would help support and continue the scope of my practice.
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