Works by Justin Burns
March 26 – May 15, 2021
Visit Fort Worth Gallery
Kopperl, Texas like many small towns, is just a small blip on a map and most people would never know it was there. I wanted to visually showcase the beauty of the decay of this small town. Each artwork has little hints of either personal family stories or someone familiar with the community would know. Eventually these spaces will disappear and will become a distant memory of a time of how things used to be and will disappear with the people who hold special memories to them. These structures were designed for purpose and a force of permanence and yet the ruins linger as a reminder when the train used to stop in Kopperl, TX. These structures now have become headstones of memories that become distant and fade into time. I continue to gather stories and songs from relatives and people of the community as I incorporate nostalgia from my own personal experience but also revealing the reality of what is yet to come, which is one day I will have to let this place go.
Justin grew up in Farmers Branch, Texas and studied close to home at the University of North Texas. He earned his BFA focusing on Studio Drawing and Painting in 2013 and currently is an art educator in Tarrant County and a Golden Working Artist for Golden Artist Colors. While Justin was achieving his degree, between 2008 - 2011 he and his twin brother Jonathan were signed to Island/Def Jam/Mercury Records and traveled the United States. Justin utilizes airbrush and acrylic paint on transparent and semi-transparent surfaces to create an illusion of depth of interior and exterior spaces. These places are focused primarily on the Burns family farm which was established in 1914 and the surrounding community of Kopperl, Texas.