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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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 »

JANUARY 30, 2011 9:09AM

Sketchbook: Anxious Flower Arranging

Lavender bud

Arranging stuff so it’s nice to look at is one of my fondest pleasures. In the pleasant hours of the morning, before the traffic starts roaring by our house, I like to pull plants out of/

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JANUARY 25, 2011 9:00AM

Remnants of Good Mayhem


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In a childless house, there are spaces of silence that a small visitor can erase with beauty and ease.  The house brightens; there is a new kind of indoor weather pattern that immediately takes over the darkened halls. Wind comes along to play with delight,/Read full post »

JANUARY 22, 2011 12:13AM

Sketchbook: Two Poems for an Engineer








House 2b, 2011,  HD video, interior light projection, small sculpture 

The House Opened 1, 2011, HD video,  interior light projection, precision optical artifact 


© 2011 Gary Justis



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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 »

JANUARY 10, 2011 11:59AM

Sketchbook: Three Elements










For our Friend Dave Rickert


© 2011 Gary Justis


G & G copy

My brother, Greg Justis, loved to torment me when we were little guys, but he never tormented me beyond the emotional limits of our Mom’s ability to subjugate my brother’s evil designs.  In the longs days of the late 50’s, before I was entering grade school, we spent su… Read full post »

DECEMBER 30, 2010 7:11PM

The Shared Transgender(er)

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Uncle Lou was always excited to have us visit each year. In the cooler days of the new spring, He washed the interior walls of the old farmhouse weeks prior to our arrival. Fresh flowers fromRead full post »

DECEMBER 27, 2010 9:12AM

Sketchbook: Two Moments






Little us,  interior light projection with small, accidental geography


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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.

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NOVEMBER 29, 2010 8:36PM

Devouring Beauty

   tree and Moon 1



The community meeting had a strange expansiveness in this great room where all the neighbors settled, each into his or her corner. The massive, slow ceiling fan cutRead 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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OCTOBER 27, 2010 11:54PM

A Safe Place for “Make-Believe”


When light streams into this old house on a sunny, windswept day, the reflections offer an animated spectacle, rousing the walls and various elements of the house

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by Samuel G

 photo by Samuel G. Alschuler, 1858, Urbana, Illinois



  Steel rails lined the boundless prairie in many parts of the west during the young Illinois Lawyer’sRead full post »

OCTOBER 14, 2010 2:01PM

The Color of History

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 Still from: 1922 Kodachrome Color Motion Picture Test No. 111

Eastman Kodak Company    Rochester, NY, USA



Duncan Anderson, an artist friend based in Chicago, sent this incredible Eastman

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OCTOBER 6, 2010 11:46AM

GoodFather's Notes

Pascal and family



Pascal returned home. The experiences of his residency gave him a great boost. He was a powerful man. He was not large, but the strength of his physic wasRead full post »

OCTOBER 4, 2010 9:51AM

An Addiction to Desolation


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 On this particular day, as she lobbed bits of refuse from a short distance, she had not hit the trashcan once. She overshot, or just caught the edge. ThisRead full post »

Angry sky a

The skies of United Airlines have usually been friendly, and if you think about their ad campaign, you simply cannot avoid some notion of theRead full post »

AUGUST 30, 2010 11:03AM

27 seconds

© 2010 Gary Justis
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AUGUST 18, 2010 11:16AM

The Bridge Between Angry Streets

G Sculpt 84 Chicago smThat’s me around the time I was trying to make nice with the street gang in our South Side Chicago neighborhood.              © 1982 Steven E. Gross   Chicago

On the streets and sidewalks of OldRead full post »

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AUGUST 5, 2010 4:01PM


  Justis-Splash 2

Splash 2007, aluminum, suede fabric and wood under-structure, 56” h x 142” L x 28” w


In the mid-career point of an artist, there are still a fewRead full post »

Head on Horizon-redux full

Head on Horizon: Redux  2000-2009, light, (digital projection, 2009 in collaboration with  L.J. Douglas)mixed media, dimensions variable       



When I'm re-examining the motivation behind this work, along with the visual documentation, I alRead full post »

 Aquarium 1  copy

 Saltwater coral reef aquarium, Culver’s Restaurant, Central Illinois 2010         larger version
The focal planes we confront almost daily, are sometimes mislaid in the permutations of the mind’s restructuring of theRead full post »
JULY 14, 2010 10:36AM

The Rurbanites


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© 2010 Steve Arney and Gary Justis

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