It’s important in Justin’s more recent pieces that the viewer have their own experience with what he has created. Justin has titled and given descriptions of his pieces in the past. He understands the value and impact that can have on a piece and isn’t opposed to doing so when needed to support the idea trying to be conveyed. With that being said, this project has no description and is simply titled with the event’s date, May 6th 2016.
Justin S. Norris is a self-taught student of multimedia expressions ranging from graffiti, to fine art, to dance and performance. Growing up in Western Massachusetts, he began his exploration with visual art about 17 years ago. His experimentations started with his interest in graffiti and quickly broadened to using more traditional and non-traditional mediums, while still preserving his roots by continuing to use typography and aerosol as a means of exploring painting. While receiving his bachelor’s degree at Hampshire College, Norris began to take art and dance classes. These classes were a turning point in his art making career. By allowing him to question and consider if there was a connection to his visual art and dance, he focused on finding similarities between studio art and performance, which allowed him to distill these seemingly very different ways of expression to a simpler blended form. Justin considers himself not an artist but an explorer of time and space. Figuring ways to include the viewer in his experience while making art has been his focus and a challenge that continues to interest him. His child-like enthusiasm for tinkering never stops. Justin is currently dancing with Pilobolus Dance Theater and is a part of Brick Coworkshop in Holyoke, MA.
ON SHOWING ARTWORK AT FLORENCE NIGHT OUT
When I was contacted and asked to be a part on the Florence Night Out i wasn’t sure what I was going to create or wanted to do. As I got more information about the event, I was excited to hear we would have a pod to create something in. Thinking about transforming a “non art space” into a place where people can have an experience or opportunity to question their ideas of what art is and it’s purpose was what my interest in doing this project.