Justin Plakas

Justin Plakas
Title:
Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts
Office:
B100o, Flagg
Email:
plakas@gwu.edu
Website:
Personal Website

Background

Justin Plakas is a visual artist and designer whose work is actively engaged with the interaction between physical and virtual environments. His work has been screened in festivals and exhibited in galleries throughout the United States and internationally. Plakas was an artist in residence at The Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, The Hub Culture Arts Initiative and attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. In addition to his personal studio practice, he has worked in film production and photography, advertising and design. Plakas’s multi-disciplinary background is reflected in his collaboration, PLAKOOKEE. In partnership with artist Rachel Debuque, PLAKOOKEE creates work that ranges from socially engaged residency projects to installations, video and design.

Current Research

Justin’s research consists of sculpture, installation and emerging technologies. His work focuses on the tension between physical and virtual worlds by remixing elements of digital and analog media. The results are colorful and comedic explorations of contemporary culture.

Education

Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
MFA, Lamar Dodd School of Art, University of Georgia
BA/VPA, University of Maryland Baltimore County

Media

Justin’s work has been featured in Bat City Review, Garden and Gun, Washington City Paper, Bmore Art, The StrangerJuxtapoz and The Huffington Post.