Gary Justis

Location Bloomington, Illinois
Occupation sculptor/writer/associate professor of art

About Me

I have worked primarily in the area of kinetic sculpture for the last 30 years. I lived and worked in Chicago from 1977 to 1999. I currently reside in Bloomington Illinois, where I make sculpture, teach and write stories about my actual experiences.

Why do you write?

I'm trying to find some conciliatory relationship when I look at at seemingly divergent bits of when I see an image, and then read/write text that tries to convince me it has the same importance as the visual image. Writing helps me do this.

So why write? There are a few reasons... Well, probably many reasons, but mostly, in writing, I guess I am trying to find a moment that is more truthful than the one before.

Any favorite authors? Books?

Authors, extremely short list: Marcel Proust, Olaf Stapledon, Christopher Alexander (an architect, also a fine writer), Jerzy Kosiński, Peter Schjeldahl (art critic/writer).

Books, even shorter: The Timeless Way of Building (Alexander), The Painted Bird (Kosiński), Star Maker (Stapledon).

Gary Justis's Wall

Bill Yarrow – Jan 18, 2011

Gary, thanks for commenting on and faving "Whiplash Marriage." Your use of the word "wrenching" is exactly what I had in mind when I wrote this poem and when I titled my chapbook WRENCH. Appreciate having you as a reader.

Stephanie Bobo – Aug 31, 2010

Belated thanks, Gary, for reading and commenting on "Not Today"!

Meg Pokrass – Jul 07, 2010

thank you for your comment about "Oxalis" Gary. I'm glad the teenage brain is recognizable. I think having a teenager helps!

Bill Yarrow – Jun 17, 2010

Thanks, Gary. Appreciate your comments about "Truman Compote."

Cherise Wolas – Jun 16, 2010


So glad my suggestions on Mistaken Winters were helpful to you.

Susan Tepper – Jun 16, 2010

Gary, thanks for reading Cookie Head and your comments,glad you enjoyed the chef-

Roberta – Jun 16, 2010

Hi Gary,

Thank you for your kind comments on 'All Else Falls Away.'


Jerry Ratch – Jun 15, 2010

Thanks, Gary. My wife's the artist Sherry Karver. We both originally come from Chicago, and were just there for the Art Fair in May.

Stephanie Austin – Jun 14, 2010

Thank you for your comments on my story, "Didn't I Always Let You Have One of My Cigarettes?" You rock. I'm looking forward to getting involved with your work.

Meg Pokrass – Jun 09, 2010

What you said about pet loss is so much what i feel. thank you.

Marc Lowe – Jun 07, 2010

Appreciate your comments on "Tails." Thanks for checking it out...

Kari Nguyen – May 24, 2010

Gary, I really appreciate your comments on “Miss.” Thank you!

Darryl Price – May 22, 2010

Great to have you with us.

Meg Pokrass – May 21, 2010

Thank you very much, Gary, for your kind words about "Proposal". Looking forward to knowing your work! best, meg

Bill Yarrow – May 21, 2010

Thanks, Gary, for your comments on "The Grave of Rimbaud." I really appreciate them!

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