Justin Balmain’s research-led approach draws on visual art, video essay and documentary disciplines to create hybrid multimedia works. The work addresses the strategies and functions of objects at the interstice of virtual and actual space, and within the collective imagination. Studio experimentation and collaboration has included cinematographers, performers, painters, writers, industrial designers, ethnographers, curators, activists and pop-musicians.
Balmain’s artwork has been exhibited widely in Australia, Europe, the USA and New Zealand, and received support through the Australia Council for the Arts, Create NSW, Creative Victoria, City of Melbourne, National Association for Visual Arts, the Ian Potter Foundation, the Wassaic Project (New York), and received critical acclaim in the form of prizes, reviews, and is held within public and private collections. Since 2017 he has been engaged in a long-term research-driven residency with Enough Room for Space, Brussels, that continues through visits and discourse.
SORE THUMB, 2020
Video with audio. Duration 11:31 minutes
Music by Nick Klein
This project was supported by:
CREATE Resilience Fund, Australia Council for the Arts
Sustaining Creative Workers, Creative Victoria
Quick Response Arts Grant, City of Melbourne
National Assistance Program for the Arts, Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation