recent works by Justin Graham
Opening Saturday 29/08/2015 4-7pm
Nietzsche claims life always involves a struggle between two elements: the Dionysian and the Apollonian (very loosely: reality undifferentiated by forms and like distinctions versus reality as differentiated by forms, or the forms themselves).
Apollo, as the sun-god, represents light, clarity, and form, whereas Dionysus; the experience of life's darkest sides—intoxication, absorption by the primal horde, in short, dissolution of the individual and re-immersion into a common organic whole.
The fusion of Dionysian and Apollonian "Kunsttrieben" ("artistic impulses") forms dramatic arts, or tragedies. This form of tragedy allows us to sense an underlying essence, what Nietzsche called the "Primordial Unity", which revives our Dionysian nature - which is almost indescribably pleasurable.
Justins' work is a vision of this struggle, this dance, this maelstrom in action. They are the images of "Primordial Unity".