Justin Brice Guariglia’s Photo-Paintings of the Anthropocene

Guariglia is a magazine photographer turned fine artist who creates his works based off of the photo field data he collects. He then prints the photos using a huge laser printer that utilizes UV light and acrylics to print on plastic surfaces, a process that immortalizes the work unlike normal paper photographs. The process also allows him to build a material depth, which is perhaps why he calls his process “painting.” Or perhaps he was inspired by the social, political photo-painters of the late 20th to early 21st centuries, Gerhard Richter perhaps. He has sat in on NASA missions to collect photographs of the melting ice caps, he then immortalizes the disappearing landscape through his process, which he calls “hyper-archival.”

Guariglia, wanting to capture the “essential nature” of the photographs, and the almost obsessive value he places on immortality (one that pushed him to change careers), has taken documentation to its ultimate conception. It is a documentation that surely immortalizes the landscape, but a self-interest cannot be ignored. His works will forever implicate human kind in what we have destroyed, while also saving his own self from fading into oblivion — a legacy that refuses to lose potency.


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