Opening Sunday, September 8th, from 2PM - 4PM
On view through Sunday, September 8th
Join us for a closing reception for Justin T. Nalley’s exhibition, “This Is Not A Ramp.”
Sunday Sept. 8th, 2pm – 4pm. Informal Q&A at 3:00pm.
Light refreshments will be served.
This is Not a Ramp is:
– notice what’s important
– friends / fun / collab with past self
– boredom as beauty
– making things easy
– 4 cards Rhonda pulled for me – rejoice in celebration
– the first hour of every diet
– the last chapter of every self help audio book mom suggested
– drawing / poetry / starting an Etsy account
– lower the feed dogs
– be uncomfortable
– do almost anything you want
Justin T. Nalley is an over sensitive, sober alcoholic, hypochondriac artist and poet working in the field of humanistic confessionalism. With an interest in human struggle and sentiment, his whimsical, often self-deprecating works explore the tribulations of one seeking 21st century self-actualization. Inspired by his desire for and aversion to health, Nalley’s work (often autobiographical) examines human thought, feeling and action; specifically, around topics such as addiction, love, food, hope, fear, shame and identity. Nalley works primarily through poetry, drawing, book making, installation and ephemera. Public poetry readings act as a gesture of vulnerability, a mission born from his belief in art making as therapy and communication. Through this process, Nalley simultaneously seeks to empower and become empowered. As an educator, he expands on these missions by integrating healing art practices into his teaching. Justin holds a BA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago and currently teaches ArtShop, a teen program at Hyde Park Art Center. He is an Adult Education Instructor of Photography at SAIC, where he also audits courses with a desire to strengthen both his personal practice and pedagogy.