Justin M Zielke
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Philosophy

We use memories to construct our identities, to fathom our pasts, and to create our idealized future selves. The ambiguous nature of memory necessitates that this construct is but a memorial to a transient self, but at the moment of creation, our thoughts become a mark of permanence - a symbolic language deciphering the artist's identity in a moment of action.

My work is an exploration of this symbolic language using a personal syntax, grammar, and physical toolset to describe the relation between mark making and identity in a moment of creation. Through this process, my work explores a personal philosophy and speaks to the ancestry implied within the marks of the medium.

 
 
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Mediums

 

The mediums I choose typically reveal themselves while I am gaining inspiration for an installation or a series of work and range from sculpture to digital work. Due to this process, I describe my work on an independent basis with projects I am currently working on. In Spring 2017 I intend to show a multi-media film installation consisting of a found object made into a sculpture and an experimental visual effects film.

 

Visual Communication

My work originates from a BFA in Illustration focusing on conceptual painting for film and advertisement which expands my efficiency in semiotics for visual languages. As I am leaning away from this profession, I still employ foundational knowledge in aestheticism and symbolism through gesture, composition, color, lighting, and texture.

 

VISUAL EFFECTS

I am currently earning a MFA in Animation focusing on Look Development. I enjoy three aspects to this degree: understanding realistic texture of objects that evolve and decay over time, extending the still-image to incorporate a syntagmatic moment over a duration of time, and my own interest in philosophical inquiry dealing with existential phenomenology and linguistics.

 

 

Presentation

The same mentality needed for a site-specific installation incorporates my thoughts on framing a piece of artwork. No matter how the artwork is being presented, whether it's a gallery, installation, or a client's home, my presentation always strives to be a part of the concept. Currently, I am a apprentice at Master Solutions Framing in Savannah specializing in handmade or restoration of Italian Renaissance to Contemporary Installation framework. 

 

RECLAIMED OBJECTS

There is a beauty in appreciating an object for where it has been, the memories it shows, and if necessary, an ability to repurpose its function. I try to incorporate as many reclaimed objects into my work as possible. Based on connections within a conceptual framework, I believe the creation of tangible objects can incorporate generations of work in order to enrich a piece of work.

 

 
 

Current Study

Jean Mitry Semiotics and the Analysis of Film

Christian Metz Film Language: A Semiotics of the Cinema

Henri Bergson Creative Evolution

Carl Gustav Jung Psychological Types (The Collected Works of C.G. Jung, Vol. 6)

Noam Chomsky What Kind of Creatures are we?

 
 
 
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Projects and Events

 

The bite magazine

Look for my artist article in The Bite Magazine, a fashion and lifestyle editorial magazine, due out late November 2016!


Sylvester & Co.

Currently a collection of my work exhibits in Sylvester & Co. Savannah. 


Opening Art Reception

On October 20th 5:30 to 9:30 pm Sylvester & Co. and I are hosting an opening art reception with Aint - Bad Magazine, Master Solutions, Service Brewery, and Southern Pine. 205 West Broughton Street Savannah, Ga. 31401


 
 
 
 

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selected works

 
 
 

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CONTACT Me

 

Please feel free to contact me with any inquiries. I am currently available to work on commissions and am always available to chat.