Across his practice, Justin Hibbs picks apart the mechanics of spatial perception and representation, drawing upon social, political and aesthetic agendas encoded within architectural structures. In particular, much of his work is a renegotiation of the visual language and ideological legacies of modernism, seeking to establish and question relationships between real and idealised notions of space. This is enacted through a uniquely multi-disciplinary approach that incorporates painting, drawing, sculpture and architectural interventions.
Central to each of these disciplines is drawing. In Hibbs' earlier work, drawn interventions grow parasite-like from a 'host' image, creating a symbiotic relationship between the two that offers the potential for a re-imagination of existing forms. Once completed, a work's deconstruction often leads to a new form of production in an alternative format. Cyclical processes of production, re-invention and reproduction are at play. Multiple two- and three-dimensional forms of representation and production form an evolutionary feedback loop that connects and interconnects various bodies of work through time.
More recently, the ideas initiated in these drawings are taken further in a series of site-speciﬁc installations and sculptures that engage directly with the specific conditions of the architectural space itself. Vinyl tape or linear wooden constructions are used as a drawing medium to translate ideas at life-scale directly onto walls, windows, and physically into the space. These immersive architectural interventions allow the viewer to navigate the space and work, providing a stage set for an individual relational and perceptual response. They indicate Hibbs' ongoing interrogation of the relationships between different forms of representation, playing off the two-dimensional language of the diagram and the structural language of three-dimensional construction processes.
Justin Hibbs (b. 1971, Poole, UK) studied at Central St. Martins, London (1991-94) He has exhibited his work both nationally and internationally, and has also curated a series of artist-led exhibitions. Solo shows include Alias_Re_Covered (2015
His curatorial projects include Misfits (2010) at Galerie DS Contemporary Art, Belgium; Working Space I and II (2008) at the University of the Arts Gallery, London and Lucy Mackintosh Gallery respectively; and News from Nowhere (2005) at Lucy Mackintosh Gallery. His work was selected for the Jerwood Drawing Prize 2010.