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Gary Justis

Compassrose Gallery

Gary Justis’ most recent sculptures assert a continued inquiry into the possibilities of kinetics, but do so in a quieter manner than did his earlier work. Gone are the confrontational figures of his previous efforts, the complex and intrusive evocations of spasmodically gyrating characters drawn from mythology. Also gone is the staggered and overlapping programming of the lights, levers, lasers, and motors that, in unending combinations, made these figures play out their arcane and predictable programs. In their place is work with a pristine sense of restraint, a determined quality of stylish refinement that aspires toward impressions not of power but of grace. Kinetics itself, once the touchstone of Justis’ art, is now put in a decidedly subsidiary role, either controlled and amended by formal considerations or, as in several pieces here, deleted altogether.

This suppression of drama in

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