Justin Marable wants to "bring back some pride" to oft underappreciated Kansas landscapes. The Topeka-based printmaker (and KU grad) unveils his second Olive show at this opening Nov. 4, and running through Nov. 29. "Golden Maps: Roadside Treasure" showcases Marable's signature prints, inspired by photographs taken while traversing the Sunflower State. He translates these photographs into screen prints that evoke both aging reality and regal history within a highly stylized atmosphere of painted skies and landscapes. The Robinson, Kan,, native will orchestrate the installation, set to reimagine the Olive's walls as a giant map.Featured in the Olive Kids' Corner will be artwork by Riley Kivett. Music by Michael Garfield.Artist Statement: Travel and the course of wandering have been mapped in numerous ways throughout history. Presently, as a society of travelers, we wander both within and outside our familiar surroundings. We use road maps and compasses to help guide our vehicles safely to chosen destinations. As we speed upon new highways and old roadways, a fading history of structures and homes hide among overgrown fields under open skies. Within these seemingly mundane monuments, a rediscovery can be made as history intertwines with place. Self awareness and an understanding of place can spawn from these discoveries. If traced through personal memory, my roots move through the hills and among the trees of northeast Kansas. From Topeka to Robinson I often travel, and with each trip from home to home I gain clarity and ever growing curiosity in a land of seemingly endless horizon.Artist Biography: Justin Marable was raised in Robinson, a northeastern Kansas farm town. He, along with his four brothers, experienced the realities and everyday existence of being small town children of the Midwest. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, Justin learned and wandered within the boundaries of his hometown, observing the landscape and landmarks of the surrounding areas. It was not until he returned home from his first year of attending the School of Fine Arts at KU, that he fully realized the importance of his rural experience. At the university an interest in photography and printmaking, particularly serigraphy, became his methods to express social issues and past recollections of rural towns in and around the Kansas landscape. Justin lived and worked in Lawrence for three years and graduated from KU in May 2005 with a B.F.A. in printmaking. He is now happily married, living in Topeka, and working as a full-time artist.
- Art: A Map Is a Picture (October 30, 2006)
- Holding on to Kansas: Justin Marable reminds viewers of vanishing history (March 26, 2005)