Gary Justis
New Light Images
January 14 – February 3, 2021 (Project Room) 
Candied Binge Floater
Savage Floater
Unnamed Thing
Second Distal Splainer
Below #4
Below #5c
Vasculum #2
Portrait of Shujain
Found Universe
Corpus Place
Olvus Occulus
Strange Magic
The Mountain
Origin of Sleeplessness

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Artist statement

Gary Justis: New Light Images


I begin making these photographs with my digital camera capturing unusual light projections on a flat, white surface. In the process I use a variety of light sources. As I manipulate those sources, the projected images might suggest life forms, objects and peculiar structures. After I have taken digital pictures of scores of projected images, my editing process begins and I save only the digital picture files I find interesting. I try to locate and record unfamiliar subjects that lie on the edge between still visual order and material displacement. I strive to confront the viewer with an image that is wholly unfamiliar. With some of the edited images, I apply parts from other pictures of light projections using Photoshop technology, yet all of the final images originate with real-time light projections.

This experimental exploration gives me glimpses into a new visual order where my subjects might yield images that suggest they have their origins outside our conscious awareness. Some images yield depictions of objects, structures and events, all seeming to have a transitory existence where the physical spaces that contain them express a vastness beyond the limits of the photo’s edges. Still, some of the subjects in the final photographs have a sentient quality and in a way, I feel I’m depicting a form of consciousness that is dissimilar to our symbolic visual order of things.



Gary Justis earned His Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1979. He has developed his work professionally in the area of sculpture, printmaking and photography for the last 41 years. He lived and worked in Chicago from 1977 to 1999. He currently resides in Bloomington Illinois where he continues his work in sculpture, printmaking, experimental photography and writing. He holds a Professorship at Illinois State University. He has exhibited work at the Whitney Museum of American Art at Phillip Morris, NY, The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago and the Los Angeles Center for Digital Art. He has also exhibited work in numerous exhibitions at Art galleries in Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, New York, Rome, Barcelona and Budapest, Hungary. Gary Justis’ work is included in various collections throughout the country, most notably: The Museum of Modern Art Library, The New York City Library (special collections), The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Artist’s Books Collection, The National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC and JP Morgan Chase, New York, NY.

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This exhibition was supported by the Local Government of Ferencváros District (Budapest Főváros IX. Kerület Ferencváros Önkormányzata).

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Olvus Occulus

From the series 'New Light Images' Gary Justis