Artist Statement:

I’m all about happiness and everything but I don’t feel like having sunshine blasted up my ass.

Born in Duluth, Minnesota, and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Justin Farris Braun grew up with an acute appreciation of the natural world and the hand crafted tradition. Justin received a BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art and an MFA from The Ohio State University. Justin’s concept driven studio practice encompasses design, drawing, photography, object making and installation. Exhibiting work nationally and internationally, Justin has most recently collaborated with landscape architect Sarah Cowles for Snagged in Juarez, Mexico/El Paso, Texas and Artisterium 3 in Tbilisi, Republic of Georgia. Like a blanket of starfish crossing the ocean floor the walkers eat the sky and scrape the clouds with their teeth. Utilizing a wide variety of materials like foam, wood, rubber, fragments of elation, plastic, and latex, a floor to ceiling installation will fill the COOP gallery with endless wells of love and optimism, discarded hopes and dreams, and promises to return home. Christopher A. Yates of The Columbus Dispatch describes the piece: “Underscoring the precarious state of the present political and economic situation, Exit Strategy by Justin Farris Braun consists of a twin-size mattress held high overhead by several pieces of electrical conduit. The installation offers a humorous and dangerous spin on the old proverb ‘You’ve made your bed; now lie in it.’ ”

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