*Marshall: Artist Reception with Justin Beck

11jan5:00 pm7:00 pm*Marshall: Artist Reception with Justin Beck

Black and white photo of old church with overgrown trees

Location

Southwest Minnesota Arts Council

509 West Main Street, Marshall, MN 56258

Time

(Thursday) 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm(GMT-06:00)

Event Details

Justin Beck of Hutchinson will be exhibiting his photography exhibit, titled “Eulogies”, in the SMAC Gallery from January 11th through February 23, 2024. Justin received a SMAC Individual Artist grant in 2022 to frame his photography for this exhibit. Pictured here is Lac qui Parle Village.

Gallery Events

-In-Person Artist Reception
Thursday, January 11th, 5-7 pm

-Virtual Reception/Artist Talk
Thursday, February 8th, 5:30 pm on Zoom. Email info@swmnarts.org for zoom link or use:

Meeting ID: 849 1376 6476
Passcode: 415122

Artist Statement
My work documents the rapidly changing face of rural America and examines how we shape our environments and communities. My primary interest is exploring rural places and studying the human influence on the landscapes that surround us. I feel a deep sense of belonging in these locations which helps inform my photographic style. I work primarily in black and white to give the audience a sense of displacement from reality and give the image a timeless look. The work offers audiences an escape from the speed of modern life to contemplate and inspire future possibilities for our rural landscapes and communities.

This set of 20 images is a study on the decay of structures in rural Minnesota and depicts their unique personalities. It is a photographic eulogy for a bygone era I would describe as the “American Dream”. Much of our modern architecture is monotonous, repetitive, and without character. This series of photos highlights an unmistakable identity that speaks purely to rural Minnesota. I hope to encourage and inspire audiences to be introspective about future possibilities for our landscape and rural communities. Learn more at www.justin-beck.com

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