Second Beautiful Seed Bed
"Second Beautiful Seed Bed" is an archival pigment print printed in an edition of three. The piece can also be printed in a larger size.
Justis’ photographs are extensions of his practice in sculpture, kinetics and light. They expand his visual language and in turn build upon photography’s historical progression. The photographs explore both abstraction and visual metaphor. Rather than photographing extant objects or scenes, Justis employs analog procedures to create them. Using LED, incandescent, refracted and reflected light, Justis manipulates the projected light with optics to create images that suggest life forms, objects and peculiar structures, capturing them using photography and video. The images range from characters or portraits of otherworldly figures to suggestions of mysterious, magical seeds, objects or alien craft. These images possess “an unknowable consciousness or inter-dimensional presence that momentarily disrupts the viewer’s casual expectations with a familiar incompleteness, something we naturally associate with human and/or metaphysical subjects”. The images form a conciliatory relationship between themselves and the viewer, hovering between abstraction and literal images.
Gary Justis has exhibited widely across the United States and beyond, including a recent solo exhibition at the Chicago Athenaeum, Galena, IL. His work is included in numerous public and corporate collections, including the National Gallery of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Museum of Modern Art Library; Fogg Museum; and Illinois State Museum. His work has been reviewed in ARTFORUM, Art In America, ARTnews, Art & Antiques, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, and Arts Magazine. He lives and works in Bloomington, IL.