New SPOKE Gallery Presents:
Layered Time: Shea Justice – Scrolls of Justice
(The 4th of 4 in Layered Time, thematically connected solo exhibitions)
Exhibition Dates: September 13th to October 23rd, 2021
Reception & Gallery Talk: Wednesday, September 29th
Reception & Gallery Talk: 6 to 7 pm (Hybrid: Zoom & in-person)
Register for the gallery reception and talk on Zoom here.
SPOKE proudly presents Scrolls of Justice, work by renowned Boston artist Shea Justice, the fourth and final solo exhibition in our Layered Time series. Justice will exhibit several of his scrolls, many of which are hundreds of feet long, that provide the artist’s singular creative response to war, politics, current affairs, pop culture, and social and racial justice. The installation will be on view to the public beginning Monday September 13th in the new SPOKE Gallery in South Boston, followed by a hybrid-format (Zoom & in-person) reception and gallery talk on Wednesday, September 29th.
Shea Justice is a Massachusetts native who holds a BFA from Boston University and an MFA from the Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. He creates art that questions “mainstream” history and highlights people and events that have been consciously omitted from this traditional historical narrative. Justice leaves the scrolls nameless, instead recording the date that he begins them, and incorporates his own handwritten text as a key element of these works. In conjunction with his solo show, Justice is also showing several framed works on paper from his series We The People in the SPOKE Gallery’s flat-file project.
“The series of scrolls I’ve done are based on the traditional Asian techniques used to relate stories,” Justice says. “By using Chinese ink, watercolor paint and pencil drawings on many parts, I try to archive a visual sense of change depending on the time and situations that occur. The political context of my work has been influenced by diverse people from artists like Sue Coe and Dana Chandler to political writers like James Baldwin and Noam Chomsky.”
Justice is currently a teacher at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School and has also been a member of Northeastern University’s AAMARP group (Afro American Master Artist Residency Program) for the last 20 years. To hear him speak about his work alongside video of one of his scrolls, please visit this link. The organization Violence Transformed also features rich background on Justice and his recent work online here.
“Shea’s art is particularly poignant now as we reckon as a nation, and as a city, with our legacy of racism and inequity,” says Kathleen Bitetti, curator of the Layered Time series. “This show continues the SPOKE Gallery’s long tradition of working alongside artists to address urgent social challenges.”
Layered Time is a series of four solo exhibitions connected thematically by visual artists who explore facets of time through painting, drawing, video, and multimedia. The three additional artists exhibiting in this series are David Lloyd Brown, Naoe Suzuki, and Allison Maria Rodriguez.
New SPOKE Gallery, 840 Summer Street, Suite 103 South Boston, MA 02127 (Note New Address!).
Gallery hours by appointment. To schedule email Info@mwproductions.org or call 617-315-7318
Directions by MBTA: Redline to South Station: #7 City Point Bus OR #11 City Point Bus to East 2nd Street OR Redline to Broadway Station: #9 City Point to Broadway & L St.
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