Justin Beal

b. 1978, Boston, USA. Lives and works in Los Angeles, USA

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Justin Beal, Untitled (Orange Tables), 2007, installation view, Systematic, 2010 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Stephen White
Justin Beal, Untitled (Orange Tables), 2007, installation view, Systematic, 2010 at Zabludowicz Collection, London. Photo: Stephen White

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With a background in design, architecture and art, Justin Beal investigates the crossover between multiple disciplines. Influenced by post-modern design, which questioned received ideas about relationships between form and function, Beal creates objects that exist somewhere between sculpture and furniture, and whose value lies in the disjunction between use and aesthetic. It is difficult to determine whether the works are functional or purely visual, either because any function may not be obvious, as in the case of Lamiera (2006), or because it has been undermined by the addition of perishable organic forms, as with his series of Fruit Tables.