Installation view of Justin McAllister: Mirror-Signals at Josee Bienvenu
Mirror-Signals, a collection of works by Justin McAllister, brings forth a new way of seeing and dealing with the landscape. In his first solo show at Josee Bienvenu, McAllister brings together a small group of paintings ranging from small to medium sizes depicting the romantic landscape of northeastern Pennsylvania.
The Conjuring, the tall blaze seems more menacing than a joyful bonfire where people might come to gather around for "bonding and exchange." The site of fire in the middle of the woods could make anyone cringe and think of the risks and outcomes they might have. Being one with nature is completely out of the picture, literally. Instead we have a visual of man's capability, and perhaps hunger, for destruction.
Mirror-Signals runs through May 9, 2009 at Josee Bienvenu, 529 West 20th Street, NYC 10011.