Gary Justis

Gary Justis
Bloomington, Illinois, US
April 04
Gary Justis has worked primarily in the area of kinetic sculpture for the last 34 years. He lived and worked in Chicago from 1977 to 1999. He currently resides in Bloomington Illinois, where he teaches and writes stories about his actual experiences. (please take a look at his "Sculpture" link for more info)


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JULY 26, 2012 12:15AM

Taking the (ignorance of) Guns Away


gun grab


On the rural roads and farm land sections of the middle Midwest, far from the cities and suburbs, a boy could take his favorite shotgun, loaded and on safety, and walk down the dirt highways… headed to nowhere in particular.

TheRead full post »

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APRIL 5, 2012 8:39AM

Veiled Nature: the drawings of Larry Miller

10 miller

Modern Movement, 2009, marker on paper, 24 x 18 inches


Author's Note: These drawngs are true to their actual appearance. They are airy and subtle, and in/Read full post »

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MARCH 29, 2012 8:20AM

The Roswell Paintings of Shona Macdonald


Around # 5 (small), 2011, oil on canvas, 19 x 39”     (larger image)


Shona Macdonald’s landscapes offer the simplicity and affirmation of knowing our imaginary wanderings through, around and beyond her images are not thwarted by any limitations. Our eyRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 24, 2012 9:00AM

Layers of Memory

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I was thinking about how images sometimes take our minds to a place that transcends the very substance that makes up the content of the picture we are looking at. As an addendum to memory, photographs offer a priceless role in helping us toRead full post »

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JANUARY 12, 2012 12:51PM

Silver from Blue and Grey

G Justis Chins

That’s me talking to the photographer, Steven Gross, over one of the many breakfasts we shared at Chin’s Diner, at Canal and 18th Street, on the south side of Chicago  

© 1982 Steven E. Gross   Chicago

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JANUARY 11, 2012 1:30PM

The Creationists

The Creationists   
By Steve Arney and Gary Justis  


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JANUARY 5, 2012 8:02AM



These gazes are real, as visual fiction goes, and they serve us with plausible anecdotes for placing synthetic figures in an American landscape. Many have been cast out of their original situations, and are most likely victims, each with anRead full post »

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DECEMBER 13, 2011 10:53PM

The Soggy Saint

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In a small midwestern community of the late 1950’s, there was a pattern in the divination of space and opportunity. There were jobs…good ones.  Characters were welcome, taking up the spaces between success and the commonplace.  We were coming off of the e/Read full post »

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DECEMBER 12, 2011 8:54AM

The Body's Attainable Limits

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  Grace Phillips, District 12, aluminum, leather.

In universities, Visual Art shares a distinguished place in the area of Fine Arts,

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NOVEMBER 11, 2011 8:24AM

Remembering the Quiet Veteran

  Dad sailor 1942 b

 George V Justis    1943     Senior Medical Corpsman

serving primarily in the Pacific Theater 



In the times I have stood and thought of this marvelous man, a stoic provider of safety and light, of reassurance…of beginnings, of time andRead full post »

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OCTOBER 31, 2011 12:41AM

Capturing Halloween

Phone lines

 Dimmitt’s Grove, Bloomington, IL    October 2011


My camera is protection against the agents of the unseen worlds, an instrument held snugly between my eye and images that startle the imagination.

At this time of year, in the month of October, wRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 14, 2011 11:36AM

The G.O.P. Spring

gop spring

 By Steve Arney and Gary Justis     Courtesy of Studio Magazine  

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JULY 18, 2011 10:31AM


child and fish
  Isla petting the Koi   2011  photograph by the author  (larger image)   


For some people in our age, solitude can be luxury, and during intense activities with the mind or hand, deep emersion makes time irrelevant, at least for theRead full post »

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JUNE 21, 2011 9:03AM

Kathryn's Second Angel

Homage to Tom Selleck1a

Homage to Tom Selleck (jokingly referencing his famous mustache, but this form could be easily interpreted as somethingRead full post »

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JUNE 7, 2011 11:06AM

Inscrutable Cosmetics

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(mid 20th Century) Good friends are thrilled to figure out a placement for a newly stuffed chum.


I first heard about Partial Taxidermy (PT) when I was an art student in college. My actor friends used the term to describe people whoRead full post »

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MAY 20, 2011 9:41AM

Between Low and High Culture: Heavy Brow Gallery

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The exciting activities of Heavy Brow Gallery are a welcome addition to our historic town, and the levels of interest this small space generates are extraordinary. When you compare the non-profit, independent exhibition space to other venues in Chicago (The Suburban comes to mind)Read full post »

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MAY 9, 2011 11:33AM

Gilded Sky and Cerulean Moon

Victorian Moon

Cerulean Moon, night sky over Bloomington, Illinois   2011


angry clouds
Gilded Sky, morning April sky over Bloomington, Illinois   2011
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APRIL 25, 2011 8:40AM

The Weight Is A Gift: The Sculpture of Emily Smith

Carin 2010

 Carin, a stunning installation in 2009 by Emily Smith, in its first iteration, fabric,paper, batting, dimensions variable


Dysfunction in the realm of a child’s activities is usually seen as the byproduct of immature thinking, and indistinct actions. The inverse perceptioRead full post »

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APRIL 14, 2011 7:50AM

Art for the Soul: Inflammable Material

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Jamie Morse, Untitled Glass Installation, dimensions variable, 2011

A Visual Artist’s material production ultimately finds itself in the complex, audacious and risky business of mounting a public exhibition. Historically, exhibitions are repositories of ideas that areRead full post »

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MARCH 6, 2011 10:20PM

Of Window Light and Honey



The window light of a house resembles honey when you are viewing both with some physical and intellectual distance. Window light and honey have fluidity, and a golden character. They describe a dense, and slightly distorted space, through which objects pass, float, orRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 7, 2011 9:11AM

Reciprocal Re-creation


Our beloved studio mate, Rupie the 23 year-old Eurasian Collared Dove 

Sculptors are generally interested in two-dimensional images as a tool for thinking and conceptualizing ideas in three dimensions. We are builders of objects, and managers of the seemingly unyielding processes for cRead full post »

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FEBRUARY 1, 2011 7:46PM

The Big Cold One

blizzard 2011Distressed barn in Logan County, near Lincoln, Illinois, February 1, 2011 photo by GaryJustis 

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The warnings from the car radio always seem to interrupt photography. With rumors of an unparalleled storm approaching, I was nonetheless reluctant to turRead full post »

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JANUARY 20, 2011 9:34AM

The Right Kind of Asking

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 anonymous snapshot Champaign, Illinois Airport October 24, 1960



Fifty years ago, I was seven years old. Kennedy had been elected president, and I was fascinated that a guy who looked like some of my high school teachers could be living in the White House.Read full post »

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DECEMBER 17, 2010 10:49AM

The Illuminated Christmas Army

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Along College Avenue in Bloomington-Normal Illinois, an anonymous family has assembled an army. The soldiers have been gathered together around a small property, where the only signs of life are scores of illuminated characters.

The troop is represented by many factionsRead full post »

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NOVEMBER 12, 2010 3:24PM

When Good Friends Agree

Bland the new Spicy



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 courtesy of Studio Magazine

© 2010 Gary Justis and Steve Arney
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