New Portraits

Portrait of Degge and mate, digital capture of light set-up,
dimensions variable copyright © 2013 Gary Justis

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

These images are the result of experiments with projected light using incandescent, LED and florescent sources. The visible forms come from capturing the interacting reflections of optically altered light. This process allows many visual variations. The focus and varying intensity creates symmetries that suggest figural forms. The subjects are non-existent, yet they aggressively mirror us. The process involves reflections on an unknowable consciousness, on an inter-dimensional presence that momentarily disrupts the viewer’s causal expectations with a familiar incompleteness. Looking at this work, a temporal awareness seems to be shared between both subject and viewer, linking experience across the chasm between fiction and authenticity. This work proposes a shared reality with subject and viewer.

 

 

4.Treazinjpg

Treazin, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

5.Philsen

Philsen, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

7.Draink

Draink, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

14.Cheldrain

Second Phoenix, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

6.Phs 22

Phoenix, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

10.Beasley copy

Beasley, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

8.Rosetta

Rosetta, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

12.Sdr9

Sdr9, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

19.SLd 23

SLd 23, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

3.Dreil

Dreil, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

1.SPh4b

SPh4b, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

 

 

 

11.Tilly 2

Tilly 2, 2013
image/paper size: 48 ” x 36″
edition size: 3
medium: archival pigment print laminated to acrylic substrate

Each Image: ©2013 Gary Justis, digital photograph, projected light, reflective materials, dimensions variable.

 

BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION

Gary Justis was born in Wichita Kansas. He was raised in Maize, Kansas, a small farming community of around 600 people. He attended Wichita State University, being awarded his BFA degree in 1976. He earned His Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. He has developed his work professionally in the area of sculpture for the last 34 years. He lived and worked in Chicago from 1977 to 1999. He currently resides in Bloomington, Illinois where he holds an Associate Professorship at Illinois State University. In 2005, he completed a major commission for the Illinois State Capital development board titled World Engine, which was installed in the new College of Business building on the campus of Illinois State University. Gary Justis has exhibited work at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, NY, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. He has also exhibited work in numerous exhibitions at private galleries in Chicago, San Francisco and New York. Gary Justis’ work is included in various collections throughout the country; most notably: The Museum of Modern Art Library, The New York City Library (special collections), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Artist’s Books Collection, The Alexandria Museum of Art, Alexandria, LA, Illinois State Museum, Springfield, IL, Borg-Warner Corporation, Chicago and U.S. Equities Corporation, Chicago, and J.P. Morgan Chase, New York.

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