justin nalley: this is not a ramp

Opening Reception: Sunday, August 4th, 2:00-6:00pm
Exhibition Dates: August 4th - September 8th, 2019
Closing: Sunday, September 8th, from 2:00- 6:00pm

Compound Yellow is pleased to present, "This is Not a Ramp," an exhibition by Justin T. Nalley. Please join us for the opening reception, which will run alongside a series of process-oriented healing art workshops facilitated by the artist through the month of August. Register for the workshops here.

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
- SPRINKLES
- 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

ABOUT:
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.