To captivate the imagination is crucial.
Making relationships is an essential part to what Justin Larkin does. Combinations of images removed from their original narrative context, become obsolete in one sense, but also available for re-animation in another, often a vastly different scenario. Re-configured pieces are positioned in dramatic new situations where notions of value and authenticity are questioned.
Working intuitively and instinctively overflowing spills of installations imbued with a sense of humour and play are part of the creation process. Photographs, paintings, printed matter, sculpture, drawing and collage are all important. Cartoons play an important role, their illustration of physical and mental situations presented illogically are inspiring.
Often polar aspects reside in the work primarily concerned with metaphysical dualities: the play of opposing concepts such as true and false, presence and absence, inside and outside, authentic and manufactured, disgusting and beautiful, history and future, sense and nonsense. Various arrangements of paintings, sculptures, and market bought items reference uncertainty.
Larkin hopes to delight, inspire, and intrigue the beholder and in some way, reference experience being contested and fragmented.
Justin Larkin graduated from NCAD in 2009 with a degree in Fine Art, he went on to complete a masters degree in Fine Art Print Making in the Royal College of Art in London. He has been the recipient of awards including London Print Studio Emerging Artist Award in 2011 and the AXA Award, NCAD Degree Show, 2009. Larkin was also short listed for the 20/21 art prize in the Royal College of Art. In 2010 he exhibited in a solo show in The Joinery, Dublin and he has also exhibited in several group exhibitions including Reincarnation, London Print Studio, Impressions, Galway Arts Centre and the Annual Exhibition, Royal Ulster Academy, Belfast.