Los Angeles

Justin Beal


Justin Beal’s second solo exhibition continues his project of revealing the repressed of modernist architecture and design. At first encounter, his wall-mounted sculptures seem ascetic, cold. Slabs of slick-surfaced materials—aluminum, Plexiglas, and mirror—are bound together by plastic stretch wrap, often coated with glossy black and white enamel. In some pieces, the wrap delineates the contours of a hidden, protruding hexahedron; in others, it captures a tangle of transparent tubing, whose length grazes the floor. The work appears to be a simple rehashing of Minimalist aesthetics with up-to-date materials, redolent of commercial displays of high fashion and design. Yet prolonged observation reveals purposeful details that betray the artist’s handicraft. Drips and drops of enamel and short lengths of transparent tape interrupt the mirrored surfaces, which emphasize imperfections by doubling

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