Modern Absurdity and the Superficial Abyss, consisting of predominantly textured paintings painted entirely in black and portraits of eyes explores the idea of illumination in art and painting that plays on the notion of truth-seeking within an illusionary space. The works indicate an evident departure in relation to his previous series in terms of color usage and presentation methods while still retaining his unique vocabulary of images and symbolism. The works are both personal and exploratory in nature; documenting the 32 year-old artists’ friends, lifestyle and interests such as his past involvement in the local underground music scene as a performer and audience, and his interests in urban subcultures while investigating the potential of the painted surface.
Individually and as a collection, the paintings have directed Justin’s attention into the realm of discreet and elusive images and a territory devoid of colors, while focusing on the sensitivities of experiencing a painting in a ‘staged’ exhibition space. This body of work as stated by the artist takes advantage of various allegories to create visual narratives that document his perceptions and experiences through his art practice. Justin informs that as an artist, he is constantly in a state of flux, digesting and questioning the relevance of art and its role in a contemporary context.
JUSTIN LIM – MODERN ABSURDITY AND THE SUPERFICIAL ABYSS