Contact:  justinrnagle@gmail.com

Contact: justinrnagle@gmail.com

Statement

 

  The work I make confronts and reacts to current heteronormative ideals as they relate to queer identity and representation within normative culture, questioning my navigation through space, manifesting in installation works. Installation allows for creation of a place where the viewer is meant to engage with my work, albeit dejectedly so, that entangles the ‘empty moment after.’ The work does not critique or propose change, instead it's about visibility, think: “I’m here, I’m queer, deal with it, or whatever.” An afterword, much like warm jizz slowly drying on the abdomen, is the moment gone to in hopes of a pause in this hectic world to remain situated in the present. The modes of making employed, crochet, dying, piecework, etc., are meant to convey the fun, excessive and self-deprecating nature of my cultivated persona, imagine: Morrissey, but a tad gayer and a little more manic. Being evinced in the aesthetics and materiality of the work, consisting of synthetic textiles in fluorescents and pastels, alongside crochet with boisterous and tacky materials, and string lights thrown in for the fun of it; picture: a chaotic landscape of dystopic princess vomit. I make in this flamboyant manner to confront the viewer with an alternate means of how one situates their identity within space. Essentially, I give you too much, but that’s the point, right?