Justin Craun



Craun creates uncanny environments where receding form and vibratory color counteract familiar notions of painterly composition. His dragged surfaces give a plastic nod to gestural figuration while his abstract grounds appear kinetic. The show will include eight paintings.

Craun continues his singular and arresting examination of contemporary portraiture. The inhabitants stand, jump, swing and pose frozen in their environment as it swirls and spills around them. The formal qualities of the work create a compressed spatial depth that expands and collapses in a thick, unrelenting miasma of non-systematic patterning and disintegrated form. Underneath this jovial behavior, Craun delineates a sense of loss and alienation that preoccupies each figure. Their faces, like masks, hold torrid expressions of enraptured joy, inward grief, outward threat, and spontaneous peace. Utilizing a hyperactive color palate, Craun addresses both the trauma and celebration of the decidedly American phenomena of sunny days and sick children.

Justin Craun

Born, May 6, 1982 in Bethesda, MD
Lives and works in Brooklyn, New York

 2004    School of Visual Arts, New York, NY, BFA

2008    Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY

2007    One in the Other, London, England

2006    Franklin Art Works, Minneapolis, MN

Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY

Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY, The Incomplete (curated by Hubert Neumann)

Fredericks & Freiser, New York, NY, Sweets & Beauties

Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Omaha, NE, Cool & Collected: Consummate Works from Community Collectors

Kustera Tilton Gallery, New York, NY, Special: Artists Select Artists

Fredericks Freiser Gallery, New York, NY, Sugar and Stress: Young Painting from New York

Johnson, Ken. Listing, The New York Times, Friday, May 19, p. E21.

Berwick, Carly. New Yorkís Hometown Contemporary Art Fair, The New York Sun, March 9.

ìMood Indigo: Five Young Artists Explore Their Blue Periodî New York Magazine, February 14, 2005,pg 116 (illustration)

Morton, Julia. ìSugar and Stressî, New York Press, January 5-11, p. 46.

Ribas, Joao. ìTop five shows in New Yorkî, ArtPreview, December/January, p. 4 (with illustration).


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