new artwork by Justin Augspurg

Justin Augspurg is an artist who combines elegant painting and collage with a streetwise urban sensibility. In Diamond, his new exhibition at Atlantic Works Gallery, the diamond shape that is a unifying motif comes from the chain link fences he sees around his home in Chelsea. Augspurg is a scavenger, combining everything around him – fashion, automotive design, graffiti, store signage – into new and beautiful forms and ennobling them in the process. Because he insists on the right to appropriate, recontextualize and change what comes from the mass media, his painting is an assertion of personal and social freedom. Augspurg’s gritty new show is a diamond that could only have come out of the rough.

Exhibition dates: August 31 – September 29, 2012
Opening: Saturday, September 8, 6–9pm
Third Thursday reception: Thursday, September 20, 6–9pm