design / art

upcoming projects /
2020 OKMT 7X7 /
delta drift follies
hedgerow crawl /
van build /
whale build /
misc+old /
animations /

about /
california-based designer and artist with an interest in critical placemaking, speculative design, design fiction, and functionality

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︎Justin Goldwater

︎MFA Design (Design Research + Exhibition Design)
    University of California, Davis

︎BA Fine Art
    University of California, Los Angeles

︎Additional studies in Experimental Animation
    California Institute of the Arts, Los Angeles
    School of Film/Video

︎Recently, my primary mode of practice is at the intersection of active making and site-based research.  I’m interested in unconventional relationships between people and site, the physical and psychic materials of infrastructure, and the tension between public and private spaces.

︎Professional work includes:
- Exhibition design
- Fabrication and design/build for retail/residential spaces, film/television, exhibitions, and more
- Animation/illustration

︎ please email for current resume/cv

︎Teaching experience:
Lecturer, UC Davis Dept of Design (2020)
         - Introduction to 3D Design
         - Furniture Design and Detailing
Graduate Teaching Assistant, UC Davis Dept of Design (2016-2018)
- Introduction to Environmental Design
- Materials and Methods (Interior Architecture)
- Ideologies of Design
- Graphitecture (Graphic Design in Architecture)
- Introduction to Spacemaking (Conceptual Model-making)
- Narrative Environments (Exhibition Design)

︎From 2006-2016 I was a co-founder and team member of the Austin Texas-based creative collaborative Okay Mountain, which comprised two galleries, a project space, studios, and eventually a collective art practice.  Okay Mountain exhibited multimedia artworks internationally, and was represented by Mark Moore Gallery in Los Angeles. 

To see an archive of projects and artworks, as well as an exhibition history at the collective’s gallery spaces, please visit: Okay Mountain
©️ 2023 justin goldwater