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Heads On Horizon, Gary Justis, Ramp-Arts, Manneken Press

Exhibition: “Heads On Horizon: Sculpture and Images by Gary Justis” at Ramp-Arts Gallery

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Manneken Press artist Gary Justis‘ exhibition “Heads On Horizon” opened last weekend at Ramp-Arts Gallery in Bloomington. The show includes sculpture, digital prints and videos.

The gallery’s main room contains two kinetic sculpture/installations, Pond and Heads On Horizon, quintessential Justis works, which use mechanics, projected light and sound to distill childhood memories into mesmerizing and poetic visual experiences. The room also includes several of the artist’s videos which loop on an installed monitor. The video’s soundtrack and the mechanical cacophony of the sculptures combine to create a hypnotic effect.

Three large digital prints, PhilsenRosetta, and Degge and Mate, hang in the front room of the gallery. These archival pigment prints – portrait-like still images of light projections – capture fleeting presences of otherworldly figures which possess “an unknowable consciousness, an 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”.

Gary Justis can be heard in conversation with Laura Kennedy of WGLT as they walk through the exhibition. In this illuminating interview, the artist shares insights, the stories behind the works and how they are made. Access the interview at http://wglt.org/post/glt-datebook-childhood-inspiration-still-informs-artist#stream/0

Chandelier monoprints and archival pigment prints by Gary Justis, published by Manneken Press, can be viewed at http://mannekenpress.com/artists-3/gary-justis-page/

“Heads on Horizon: Sculpture and Images by Gary Justis”, November 3-26

Ramp-Arts Gallery | 300 E Grove Street, Bloomington, IL Hours: Saturdays, 10am-2pm. By appointment: gajustis@gmail.com

2016 E/AB Fair

E/AB Fair recap

By | Art Fair, Gary Justis, Jack Davidson, Judy Ledgerwood, Kate Petley, Mary Judge, Monotypes, New project, New release, Philip Van Keuren, photogravure, Richard Hull, Sarah Smelser | No Comments

The 2016 Editions/Artist’s Books Fair has concluded.

After a whirlwind Print Week in New York City we are now back home and following up with the many interested collectors, curators, art consultants and gallerists who stopped in at our booth at the E/AB Fair. The fair included more than forty exhibitors from across the USA and from as far away as South Africa, showing contemporary prints, portfolios, artist’s books and unique paper works. Attendance at the fair was good, including over 1000 visitors at Thursday night’s VIP opening. We were pleased to be able to present all new work in our booth, created at Manneken Press over the past year by seven different artists.

Monoprint project with Gary Justis is underway

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Manneken Press is buzzing with activity this month as Gary Justis works on a group of new monoprints.

In 2011 Gary Justis created a series of monoprints based on chandelier images, and this new group of monoprints continues in the same vein, utilizing stainless steel plates cut into chandelier profiles.  Justis was able to “draw” the images with a plasma torch. The distinctive edge left by the plasma torch on the metal creates a unique surface which comes into play in interesting ways during the printing process.

Manneken Press, Gary Justis, monoprint

Ink is applied to the chandelier form which is printed on paper. In some cases the sheet has a ground previously printed from a sheet of plywood.  Each print is treated as a unique work, and the chandelier form can be re-inked and printed over a previously printed image several times.

Manneken Press, mono print, Gary Justis
Manneken Press, Gary Justis, monoprint

Above, artist Gary Justis inspects one of his freshly printed monoprints.

Work on this project will continue through March, 2016, and the prints will be released shortly thereafter.