Emerson Dorsch is pleased to present Mantucket by Justin H. Long in the Project Room. On view will be a new series of work constructed from stretched Brooks Brothers shirts and a new video that satirically analyzes the artist’s relationship to yacht culture.
Justin H. Long hyperbolizes aspects of his actual sailing practice to create a narrative outside of himself, causing his artistic practice to become performative. He positions himself as an artist as well as a tastemaker within the “prep” lifestyle. In recent works, Long presented items of his collection of sailing paraphernalia in the manner of history museums. An almost unobtainable, gifted Commodore's neck tie was presented under a vitrine next to a perhaps more illusive Mount Gay cap. Illustrating the thesis of Mantucket, Long considers “the Pomp vs. Prep, Yale vs. Princeton, heritage vs. inheritance, gingham vs. tattersall, bespoke dress, ivy league liberal arts educated, fluent in languages and well travelled, balancing the King’s game with the King’s disease, seersucker and madras, is a Tom Collins with gin or vodka, and how to tie a proper knot on a pair of top siders.”
For Mantucket, Long will present small-scaled intimate offerings in the form of stretched Brooks Brothers shirts that result as minimal altered ready-mades that highlight the brand’s rich tradition and cultural iconography. The pieces have a moiré quality, embellished with the artist’s hand stitched monogram, reappropriating the aesthetic as his own. In addition, Long will project Bouge Cruise, a new video piece that adds further narrative to the project by investigating and embracing a bourgeoisie tradition specific to yacht culture.
Justin H. Long received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts and his BFA from Florida International University. In 2010, Long participated in a residency at Fonderie Darling in Montreal and has recently exhibited in New York, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Miami. His comedic video, In Search of Miercoles, won the Optic Nerve XII competition at the Museum of Contemporary Art in North Miami, where it is part of the permanent collection. Long lives and works in Miami, FL.