It's been a long time since we've talked to Justin Reddick
, an artist formerly of Pueblo
. Reddick was a popular face on the scene, showing both on his own and with groups, including 38 Degrees
, a collective he helped form. Then, two years ago, Reddick and his family packed up and headed to Cañon City
, where he left his longtime job at Safeway
and now works for the Department of Corrections
Reddick took a break from art-making as well, but now he's back at it. He'll step into the light again with a solo show in the San Juan Gallery at Pueblo Community College
from Oct. 1-17, called Raindrops and Possibility: The Diary of Justin S. Reddick
Below are a few of Reddick's new works. Like the pieces that came before them, they're disjointed and emotional, often depicting figures locked in a mass of stream-of-consciousness snippets of text, scribbled, scratchy lines, drips and masses of layered color. Reddick draws from his personal life much in his art: his work at Safeway, or with the DOC — one of his new pieces, "The Jailor," digests some of his time spent working with inmates — or becoming a father and providing for his family. Indeed, Reddick told
back in 2006 that he calls his artworks "visual diaries."
Raindrops and Possibility
opens with a reception Thurs., Oct. 3, 5 p.m.