Chicago, IL, October 29, 2016– ANDREW RAFACZ presents Secret Slob, a solo exhibition of paintings by Justin John Greene in Gallery One. The exhibition continues through Wednesday, December 22, 2016.

Submitted for your approval
By an author’s loyal ghost

Endlessly toiling
Through the night 
Staring at a screen
Splayed across a mattress
Where we lay our scene 
And when at last 
Its glass goes black 
The reflection shows 
The Slob

Outside amongst the concrete 
A system rigged and mean 
Some try-hard leans against a hood 
Devising of a scheme

Heavy baskets of deplorables
And dishes in the sink
He hasn’t time to give a shit 
He hasn’t space to think

Ladies and germs
The slob 
See his haggard stare 
When will he pay the mounting debts
Against integrity

Described in J.D. Salinger’s The Cather in the Rye, a ‘secret slob’ is someone who behaves as outwardly virtuous while hiding their sordid habits. Where his last exhibition, Moonlighting, 3 the incessant hustle that one participates in as a worker striving in a precarious economy, Justin John Greene’s newest body of work examines the dubious and dangerous consequences of that ongoing hustle. Forced to bluff, concede, and bend or mask one’s own being in order to get by, the characters in Greene’s paintings are engaged in a murky, complex narrative of contemporary survival.

Copyright Justin John Greene, 2018