above: Gary Justis signs his monoprint Murano 3 at Manneken Press in 2016.
The current issue of The New Art Examiner features an interview with Gary Justis.
“Never Still In the Wind, an Interview with Gary Justis” was conducted by Neal Goodman. In the in-depth interview Goodman and Justis discuss the breadth of Justis’ career and his creative output spanning 40 years. The interview can be viewed online in the current issue of The New Art Examiner (Vol. 35, No. 3, 2021).Photographs by Gary Justis also grace the front and back covers of the journal.
There was a large railroad drawbridge that lay in between Pilsen and Chinatown and spanned the Chicago River. This bridge was a magnificent vertical lift bridge with huge stone counterweights on either end of it. The bridge would rise, lifting the entire horizontal span as barges silently glided under it. I spent a good deal of time on that bridge with my dog as we explored the undeveloped areas around it. We were on it several times as it rose to its full height of a hundred or so feet. This encounter was so exhilarating and enlightening to me that I made up my mind to strive towards the same visceral and spiritual experience through the production and presentation of my work.Gary Justis
Manneken Press published Gary Justis’ chandelier monoprints in 2011 and 2016. Gary’s sculpture and photography are also represented on the Manneken Press site. In 2020 Manneken Press presented “Gary Justis: Head On Horizon“, an exhibition of kinetic sculpture and photographs. The online exhibition is viewable on Artsy.
Since 1973 The New Art Examiner has been a leader in providing critical coverage of the visual arts. The quarterly journal’s theme for this issue is “digital Freedom or silicon serfdom?” which addresses the effects of technology on the visual arts community.