These Beasts: Justin Nelson *Special 9 Part Space 15 Twenty Feature*
This is a 9 part series in collaboration with Urban Outfitters' Space 15 Twenty. Our Origami Girls and Wavy Boys show will be up Feb 16-18, and we're doing free workshops from 11-4 on Saturday & Sunday. We will also be running collage features on their blog and social media.
We first discovered @dr.mousebreath, you guessed it, via instagram. His work is straightforward and clear: the world is not what it seems. While most of his pieces recontextualize the last 70 years of National Geographic imagery, he has a distinct series within this work that stands out from the rest. Mr. Nelson is constantly testing the waters of infection. Many of his pieces depict people with parts of their body torn or cut away. The bodies are torn apart to expose teeming pools of color that can only represent forms of life that are far beyond what we know in popular consciousness. Do these images depict a benevolent magic leaving us breathless, or are they the next adaptation of a virus that seeks to stun us before it kills us?
1. What's your name?
2. Where are you from?
Long Island, Ny.
3. Where do you live?
Unfortunately i’m still living in Long Island.
4. 3 reasons why your life in your city couldn't happen anywhere else?
I can think of one major reason why my city is different compared to others... I have a lot accessible to me geographically speaking. I am pretty close to several beaches, New York City is a 40 minute train ride away and the more rural areas of upstate New York are just outside of NYC. There's quite a lot to see around my general area.
5. What kind of work do you do?
I currently deliver mail.
6. What keeps you inspired?
Seeing other peoples art and exchanging feedback between myself and other artists on instagram definitely keeps me inspired. It's a great feeling when you can make friends over the internet and have nothing but nice things to say to each other.
7. Where do you work?
As of right now i am working for Amazon.com delivering packages. Is it my dream job? Absolutely not! Currently in the process of finishing my last 2 years of school but having a hard time deciding a major.
8. What is one challenge that has defined you for at least one chapter of your life?
One challenge that has defined me in a part of my life was losing both my grandparents. Although i was young and dont remember too much of that time i do remember having a hard time coping with it since they were such great grandparents. I think getting through that made me able to better cope with any future tragedies or hardship.
9. What are some of your favorite snacks , and do you eat them while you work?
One of my favorite snacks is apples dipped in peanut butter.. I mostly try to eat away from my workspace to avoid having a messy peanut butter and apple collage collaboration.