Justin Brown (b. 1988)
Justin Brown is a multidisciplinary artist and curator from Indianapolis, IN. He is the founder and director of Hoy Polloy art gallery located at 3125 e. 10th street, Indianapolis, IN.
Justin’s work is research based; ranging from public- private experiments, to government and corporate surveillance programs to archival photographs. Justin paints with data and paper. His series “Intelligence Countered” highlights FBI surveillance files of persons of interest from the Rabble Rouser Index, Cointelpro, and modern intelligence operations. He collages casework and redacts the papers further with abstract painting techniques to draw the viewers eye to the text. Justin’s “Cubist Maps” series is centered around the historic development of neighborhoods, cities, and interstate infrastructures. He collages archive images of landmarks and residents in geometric “maps” to honor a regions history. Justin has installed permanent murals in Milktooth, Rabble Coffee, and Beholder in Indianapolis. His work has been exhibited at Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art, Big Car’s Listen Hear, and Hoy Polloy.
In the vein of the theme “We come in peace” I will center my ‘cubist map’ collage of Fraser this year around the clear and peaceful night sky that surrounds the city. 2022 was my first time visiting the Fraser area for the mural festival and I noticed a marked change in my mood all the way down to my blood pressure. The beautiful ecological diversity, abundant nature trails, and breathtaking clear night skies brought a peaceful mind state to me that I had never experienced before. I believe the proximity of Fraser to the constellations on clear sky nights creates the friendly peaceful nature of it’s residents with a high quality of life.