97. Justin Long
In honor of our People Issue, which will hit newsstands and computer screens November 25, Cultist proudly presents "100 Creatives," where we feature Miami's cultural superheroes. Have suggestions for future profiles? Email firstname.lastname@example.org with the whos and whys.97. Justin Long
Artist Justin H. Long often sports the get-up of a wealthy, old, West Palm Beach, sea captain. Often appearing in bright pinks and aquas, he's not ashamed to wear a Lilly Pulitzer blazer to an art opening. The young artist isn't just a caricature of a wind-worn, raisin-faced sailor. He's actually a man inspired by the ocean and sun.
Raised in a motorcycle shop on the shores of the Miami River, Long is an amateur engineer who crafts somewhat functional sculptures that have a sometimes solid, sometimes shitty, sense of humor, and that speak to man's fascination with machines.
Justin is not just a homegrown art star, he spent time in California
earning his Master of Fine Arts at CalArts and has traveled extensively
around the country in a beat-up, old Subaru. He not only makes the
goods, he also curate shows such as one with the most hateful non-artists he could
dig up to celebrate Valentine's Day in 2009. He's the
kind of guy who's confident enough to get his non-artist friends to
make crazy, filthy, mean art and serve it up to a large,
residency with the Darling Foundry, he's certain to return and cannot be
counted as lost at sea.
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