In his new site-specific exhibition, Miami-based artist Justin H. Long explores his passion for the ocean and sailboat racing with a mixed-media gallery installation that includes a massive sailboat hull. With a subversive whimsy that is at the core of his work, Long breaks new ground in his first exhibition in Broward County by claiming sailing as an artistic medium, not only a sport.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is an approximately 60-foot-long hull that will be elevated from the gallery floor. This singular work, which resembles the skeleton of a whale, is augmented by large paintings depicting important events in sailing history. Long also incorporates a series of videos that capture him racing solo in a sailboat in preparation for future races, as well as maps and artifacts that highlight significant journeys and sailboat lore.