Justin Boyd
I Drove the Mother Road Home to the Promised Land

November 22 – December 20, 2008

Please join us Thursday, November 20th from 8-10 p.m. as Art Palace presents I Drove the Mother Road Home to the Promised Land, a solo exhibition featuring the work of San Antonio-based artist, Justin Boyd.
Most recently Justin has been tracking notions of the “American Spirit” as we experience it through our shared cultural landscape. Justin’s recent work has taken him on a search for evidence of truly defining moments of that ‘spirit’ in everything from folk art and music, to literature, national monuments, native cultures, and now with this show at Art Palace, Route 66 and it’s cultural significance to the United States.

Route 66 once was a main artery of movement for this country; its roots can be traced as far back as the wagon trails of the Wild West. Though it now exists only as Interstate-40, it represents a tangible way to reach our manifest destiny – travelers can follow it all of the way from Chicago to the Santa Monica pier. More importantly, it represents a divide of contrasts; for some it provided hope and potential for those who were seeking something better, something new, it could always be over the next hill or horizon. For others, it was a bitter road that led them away from their homes towards unfriendly times and people. Still for others it was a road that signified the liberation the automobile and rock n roll brought. And still again, it is a road that once brought business to small town America, that now Big time America has re-routed it’s self on by. So my show is an investigation into the signs, words, and dreams of Route 66.

About the artist:
Justin Boyd received his MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2003 and since has exhibited his work throughout the U.S. including performances at The Whitney Museum of Contemporary Art, ACME in Los Angeles, Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Arthouse at the Jones Center, the Armory Center for the Arts and Sala Diaz. Recent shows include the 2007 Arthouse Texas Prize, in which he was a finalist, ArtPace Foundation, Two to Watch Series in 2006, and the “Artists Looking at Art Series,” at the McNay Museum in 2006. His accomplishments include a summer residency at the venerable Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, as well as receiving several grants including the 2008 Artpace Travel Grant.