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A fully working and active Fine Art Studio, Goldhammer paints a convergence of color and emotion and seeks to build and layer organically as the painting allows it to happen. There is no analyzing, conceptualizing or judging that takes place. It all happens in the moment as a union between her, the canvas and the paint.
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April - Early May: Day Dreamers
Late May: Yaron Dotan (solo) Word Jumble (group)
June: Spectrum Gestalt 4
August: Mike Saijo
BUILDING BRIDGES ART EXCHANGE
A solo exhibition featuring the work of Mostapha Romli
Curated by Marisa Caichiolo
Mostapha Romli's latest body of conceptual work takes us on a dramatic journey inside the increasing number of children weddings that have taken place in Morocco in the last ten years as a result of the 20/21 law.
May 20th, 2017 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Building Bridges Art Exchange (BBAX) is a non-profit (501) (C3) contemporary art organization. Our mission is to help cultivate cultural understanding through the arts. We work to engage local communities and contemporary artists across the globe by facilitating workshops, educational programs, international art exchanges and artist residencies. We work in partnership with museums, galleries, Ministries of Culture, cultural art centers, art organizations and foundations from around the world—at present over 27 countries
BUILDING BRIDGES ART EXCHANGE
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HEAVY METAL ART SHOW - July 15 - August 19
Copro Gallery and Heavy Metal Magazine join forces to celebrate 40 years of sci-fi fantasy and comic art with the Heavy Metal 40th Anniversary Art Show. Featuring over eighty artists, this extravaganza will feature art from Heavy Metal’s 40 year history of publishing, new paintings and drawings inspired by the magazine, cel art from the film, limited edition prints, vintage film posters, T-shirts, comics , vintage magazines, memorabilia and more. In addition to vintage artwork and newly created paintings, HM and Copro Gallery will be releasing new limited edition prints each week available at the gallery and online.
≈ [Almost Equal To] by Jonas Hassen Khemiri
May 26 – July 2, 2017 / Saturdays @ 8:00pm and Sundays @ 3pm
Box Office: 310-453-9939 or purchase tickets online at Brown Paper Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2950022
How much do you earn? Who do you serve? The new world economics is built on inequality that threatens us all.
This remarkable new work from one of Sweden’s most celebrated novelists and playwrights takes on this issue in highly personal terms: a young man from an immigrant background trying to find his first job; a professor of economics desperately trying to hold onto the one he has; his wife, who nurses fantasies of an ecologically responsible life in the country; a homeless hustler who might be more than he seems; and a young woman who, in the cut-throat world of her office, may or may not be responsible for the death of a rival co-worker. Think economics is strictly for academics?
This play, with its unforgettable moments of funny and brutal honesty about the human cost of a rigged system, will make you think again.
Third Weekend Q&A April 9:
After the 3:00pm performance on Sunday, June 11, please join us for an informal discussion with the cast and crew.
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July 15 - August 19, 2017
Reception: Saturday, July 15, 5-7pm
iverrun - Photographs of the LA River
“Riverrun” is a suite of photographs capturing seldom seen images of the fifty-one mile storm drain that is still flatteringly called the Los Angeles River. Forsaken for so long and fenced off from the very communities it once sustained, the river is now primarily a flood control channel and conduit for urban waste.
Taking ‘less-picturesque’ portions of the river as his subject, Carofano’s carefully framed images reveal the not-so-hidden majesty of the concrete, the smooth lines of the river’s channel. Sophisticated geometry, atmospheric light and color, and rightness of scale give these images a painterly quality that requires close observation in order to determine that they are indeed photographs. Conditions that could be considered appalling, on the contrary, appear alluring and serene – each image pays homage to the intersection between nature and the designed environment.
Saturday, May 20th, 6pm-8pm
May 20 – July 1, 2017
CollectorWorks Group Exhibition
July 15, 2017 - September 2, 2017
Artists: Jeff Alu, Larry Chait, Diane Cockerill, Patrick Gonzales, Daniel Grant, Nancy Harasz, Mark Indig, Jamie Johnson, Claire Mallett, Jim McKinniss, Leslie Rosenthal and Michael Weitzman.
Opening Reception - Saturday, July 15 from 6pm to 8pm
Photo by Patrick Gonzales, 2017
FIG - First Independent Gallery
Bergamot Station G6
Summer group exhibitions:
FIG NEXT (part one) & (part two)
Please join us as we begin our next exhibition schedule and welcome new artists to the gallery. This two part exhibition will feature signature works in a variety of media by gallery artists all of whom work in the Southern California area.
Part One dates are: June 21 – July 22, 2017
Reception for the artists: Saturday, June 24, 5 – 7 PM
Part One will include works by: Ray Brown, Claire Chene, Laura Danielson, Helen Desmond, Paul Donaldson, Theresa G. Fernald, Shirley Asano Guldimann, Arleen G. Hendler, Carla Jerome, Chris Madans, Susan C. Price, Elena Mary Siff
Part Two dates are: July 26 – August 26, 2017
Reception for the artists: Saturday, July 29, 5 – 7 PM
Part Two will include work by:
Kate Browning, Marlene Capell, Janyce Erlich-Moss, James Farrington, Diana Gordon, William Lane, Lorraine Lubner, Sylvia Marcin, Louise Mordaunt, Hilary Taub, Sara Wylie Walsh, Otella Wruck, Yda Ziment
30th Anniversary Exhibition
June 17 - July 8, 2017
Reception June 17, 5-8 PM
Suite E2, Tuesday - Saturday 11 - 6 PM
Latin American Masters' 30th Anniversary Exhibition includes superb examples of Latin American Art drawn from client collections. Among the exhibition's highlights are paintings by Rufino Tamayo, Francisco Toledo and Gunther Gerzso. The gallery is proud to have worked directly with all three of these important Mexican artists.
Wifredo Lam and Roberto Matta made important contributions to both Surrealism and subsequent art movements of the 1940's and 50's. Latin American Masters has organized solo exhibitions for both artists; their work will also be included in the 30th Anniversary Exhibition.
Fernando de Szyszlo, one of Latin America's most important living artists, was featured in the 2016 exhibition, Plural Modernities, at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris. Latin American Masters is honored to include Szyszlo in the 30th Anniversary Exhibition.
Olga de Amaral, Julio Larraz, Ricardo Martinez, Roberto Matta, Carlos Merida, Armando Morales and Diego Rivera are among the other important artists included in the exhibition.
The Getty Foundation's, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative on Latin American Art, begins in September with five months of exhibitions throughout Southland museum and galleries. Latin American Masters' 30th Anniversary Exhibition can be viewed as a prelude to Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA, and is a timely reminder of Latin America's rich and varied contributions to world culture.
A special thanks to our generous collectors for making this exhibition possible, and to those who have been clients of ours throughout the years. We greatly appreciate and share your passion and love for Latin American Art.
For more information on this exhibition, please contact Stephanie Mercado at (310) 829-4455, or visit our website at LatinAmericanMasters.com.
THE ARTS MUST GO ON
Jun 21 - Aug 16
Laura Korman Gallery is pleased to announce The Arts Must Go On, a group exhibition benefitting the Frostig Collection, running from June 21st-August 16th. This exhibition will also mark the final show for the gallery in this space - after two years at Bergamot Station, Laura Korman will be closing her gallery storefront to pursue new paths.
Fully devoted to continuing her active role in the arts, Korman will maintain an online presence for the gallery, work as a consultant for private clients, and act as a counselor for students interested in pursuing careers in the arts. Due to the continued success of the gallery’s representation of Washington DC-based artist Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Korman will be working in collaboration with Lia Skidmore of Skidmore Contemporary Art to maintain Tzu-Lan Mann’s presence at Bergamot Station.
The Arts Must Go On, is guest curated by Kate Stern of the Frostig Collection. The show will feature works by Larry Bell, Ed Moses, Charles Arnoldi, Alison Saar, Eric Johnson, Gary Baseman, David Buckingham, Kenton Nelson, Mike Stilkey, Ray Turner, Michael Kalish, and Brad Howe.
Conceived by Celia and Chris Piazza, The Frostig Collection launched an unprecedented concept - an ongoing series of works created by well-known California artists to benefit programs that aid children with learning disabilities, Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism. Proceeds support the renowned Frostig Center’s Social Skills Program in Pasadena, CA. Frostig is recognized throughout the world as a leader in both research and education of students with learning disabilities.
With this exhibition, Laura Korman continues her family’s tradition of fundraising for the Frostig Center, as her late father Harvey Korman did before her. A comedy icon, Korman’s father remains a huge influence on his daughter, both professionally and personally. As a nod to the senior Korman, the title of this exhibition is a play on the Hollywood phrase, “the show must go on”, and perfectly sums up Laura’s determination to keep the arts alive and thriving in our city. As a native Angeleno raised in a creative environment, Laura understands the invaluable role that artists play in cultivating a vibrant society.
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July 15, 2017 –Sept. 3, 2017 Opening Reception Saturday, July 15th 6-9pm
Lois Lambert Gallery presents “Material World”, a series of paintings from artist Frank Oriti. This collection focuses on an exploration of not only the object, but the materials and the methodology that creates the reality. Originally trained as a figure painter, Oriti became fascinated and engaged more with the clothing than subject, communicating its own story.
Each fabric, whether plastic, denim or leather, requires a different approach and technique, experimenting with paint application and scale in order to communicate to the viewer the reality of each item. The challenge of navigating these obstacles in order to give life to the weave and weight of these inanimate objects is one of Oriti’s motivating factors in the creation of these pieces.
“A Moment in Time”
Lois Lambert Gallery presents “A Moment in Time”, a series of miniature narrative sculptures, by artist Sonny Wizelman. Wizelman’s figures and miniature components come Tabula Rasa, allowing him to build and paint the narrative of his choosing. Sonny creates scenarios of a familiar and often romanticized time in American culture.
Wizelman spends a great deal of time on research and problem solving. In his studio there are rolls and rolls of architectural drawings for each of his creations. Sometimes Wizelman rethinks the original idea to fit the resources he has available. An example of this process is Steamers Carousel, which was inspired by Christmas ornaments that resembled carousel animals. “It is all about the creative journey.” says Wizelman, “I don’t want it to end”.
“My Tax Dollars Hard at Work”
Lois Lambert Gallery presents Chad Person’s, “My Tax Dollars Hard at Work”, a collection of works that explores the relationship between people, the money they earn and the taxes they pay in a Capitalist society. The exhibition includes a series of images composed with dollar bills cut and collaged on canvas and an inflatable Monopoly Man called “Mr. Moneybags”. In deconstructing the currency, he removes the actual value of the dollars it takes to make the piece and replaces it with the value Chad applies to the finished artwork itself.
Chad carefully cuts strips of dollar bills and collages them together rendering striking images of US military weapons, tanks, helicopters, and planes. Chad manipulates the darker and lighter areas found on the paper currency to create the shadows and textures in the image.
Lora Schlesinger Gallery is proud to present Some Things Never Change, Delfin Finley’s first solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition opens with an artist’s reception, Saturday, July 22, from 5 – 7 pm and is on view through August 26, 2017.
Delfin Finley is a figurative painter passionate about creating a body of work that reflects the racism that permeates our society. The title of the exhibition Some Things Never Change, references the events that people of color have encountered, both in the past, and in present day. His portraits reverently depict individuals, with the acknowledgment that they are often the targets of violence in a society that shows extreme bias against them. Despite their individual experiences, they are linked by instances in their lives in which they felt they were not in control of their present or their future. In the painting It’s Only A Matter of Time, a portrait of the artist’s father, the subject represents all men of color. Pensively holding a shovel in his hand, the figure alludes to the danger that black men face on a daily basis. The shovel can be used to prepare a grave, or can be raised in defiance; a decision that exists subconsciously with every action and subtle movement that people of color make. Delfin’s masterful depiction and the veneration of his subjects hopes to capture the beauty within them, and to inspire a hope for change so that the strengths and talents of people of color can have the freedom to flourish and grow.
Delfin Finley was born in Los Angeles, California. He is actively pursuing a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA. He has exhibited in numerous exhibitions nationally including exhibitions in Colorado, Oregon and Iowa. In 2016 he was published on the cover of Studio Visit Magazine, and included in the City of Los Angeles African American Heritage Month Calendar & Cultural Guide.
Exhibition Dates: July 22 – August 26, 2017
Opening Reception: July 22, 5 – 7 pm
Lora Schlesinger Gallery exhibits contemporary art, both figurative and abstract. Focusing primarily on California based painters and sculptors, the gallery represents established and emerging artists.
We also act as art advisors to designers, architects, corporations and private clients.
Patrick Painter Inc. is pleased to present a solo exhibition by artist Anthony Eve Kemp.
Born on April 15th, 1963, in Flint, Michigan, Eve discovered his passion for art at an early age. As a self-taught artist, Eve’s influences are rooted in his everyday life experiences from childhood memories, the people he interacts with, and nature itself. Having travelled throughout Europe, Eve has developed and established his unique artistic aesthetic.
Eve now lives and works in LA where he has exhibited at the Santa Monica Museum and the California African American Museum (CAMM).
June 3rd - July 22nd, 2017
Artist Closing Reception: July 22nd, 2017
Richard Heller Gallery
is pleased to present:
Featuring Work By:
Devin Troy Strother
Christian Rex van Minnen
Opening Reception - Saturday June 24 from 5-8pm
A group exhibition of artist who use appropriation of established art and imagery as a base for thier interpretations and manipulations.
Featuring works by:
Mike Bidlo, Elaine Sturtevant, Richard Pettibone, Richard Prince, Ronnie Cutrone, Lutz Bacher, Liza Lou, Gregg Gibbs, Hugh Brown, Gary Palmer, Mary Bakal, John Geary, Jorg Dubin, Alexis Smith, John Waters, John Colao, Nick Agid, Guy Overfelt, Ara Bevacqua & others.
REVOLVER GALLERY INVITES YOU TO EXPERIENCE ITS COLLECTION.
ANDY WARHOL: REVISITED is a touring exhibition celebrating the iconic artist’s work. The exhibition begins on February 14th, 2017, coinciding with the 30th anniversary of Andy’s untimely death. Warhol Revisited includes over 200 works of art in rotation. The exhibition is free to the public (by reservation only).
Revolver Gallery has a one-artist program exclusively dealing in Andy Warhol prints and paintings, making it the only of its kind. Revolver also has the largest gallery owned collection of the artist’s works worldwide, with over 250 works in inventory. Revolver Gallery is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of Andy Warhol’s legacy.
To make a reservation please head to https://warholrevisited.com/
ROSEGALLERY presents Reference, a collection of works examining the archive of the artist’s mind through the visual pairing of works with their images of influence. Original pieces by Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Diane Arbus, Jo Ann Callis, Jeff Bellerose, Dirk Braeckman, Bruce Davidson, Misha de Ridder, William Eggleston, Richard Ehrlich, Elger Esser, Robbert Flick, Todd Hido, Leanna Hicks, Evelyn Hofer, Graciela Iturbide, Ken Kitano, Summer Mann, Sebastian Riemer, Joachim Schulz, and more are on display alongside referential works. The exhibition begins on 17 June, with an opening reception from six until eight, and will remain on view until the 19 of August.
Visual references run within every image. With memory acting as an internal archive, the photographer’s vision is filtered through a layer of surrounding imagery. The writer Teju Cole once described the relationship between photographs as “a river of interconnected images wordlessly but fluently commenting on one another.” Within this river, photographs both inform images to follow as well as reflect their realm of influence.
Paired alongside corresponding pieces, the works brought together in Reference reveal the presence of other imagery upon contemporary works of photography and painting. Even across mediums, forms and color appear throughout the connected compositions. Both Edward Hopper and Bruce Davidson captured subway interiors in a myriad of lines, whether through the sculpting of pen-work or in the scribbles of graffiti. The round, abstract dispersions of ink in Joachim Schulz’s polaroids reference Rothko’s softened expanses. Yet some images more directly excerpt from their influences. Sebastian Riemer’s photographs invert the colors of master paintings, converting a known image into a new form. In each of the pairings, interconnections and adaptations emerge through the transference of composition and color from one work to the next.
The visual presence of preceding images in these works reveals the power of the artist to act upon his or her personal visual archive. Within the artist’s mind, reference flows in a circular movement: the transference from image to memory, and back again. ROSEGALLERY invites you to view the works on display as participants within realms of reference and engage with each artist’s internal archive.
Phillip Griswold Fiat Lux
October 22 - November 26, 2016
For this exhibition, Phillip Griswold continues his focus of fracturing images of the urban landscape to articulate the complex make-up of our surroundings. Originating in photographs and sketches made out in the field, Griswold paints landscapes abstracted into spaces that contain softly articulated, brushy forms intersected with bold geometry.
Rather than developing a sense for a specific place, Griswold uses the landscape as a way to explore the structure and effect of light. While there is a definite spatial quality to the work and a discernible horizon, he gently diffuses recognizable elements with planar interventions. He structures the paintings in a manner that creates dynamic formal tensions, but allowing the two forces to work in tandem, as if they occur naturally together.
This new body of work moves further yet from the representational nature of his older work, where lozenge forms, planes and cubes jostle within the landscapes, always focusing on light and spatial interplay. In one piece, a scene that references a streetscape that simultaneously alludes to strong movement while keeping a highly structured composition. In another piece, an array of variously colored, ordered planes fractures an otherwise moody clouded sky. In these and the rest of the paintings in the exhibition, the varied compositions always bring focus back to light – its architecture and the way it arcs and refracts in and out and between paintings.
Phillip Griswold received his MFA From Claremont Graduate University and lives and works in the Los Angeles area.
Jennifer Faist - Friends, Acquaintances, and Strangers
October 22 - November 26, 2016
Over the course of her career, Jennifer Faist has created artwork by bringing together two unlikely companions: fabric and high-gloss formalism. At first glance the work aligns with a version of the slick Finish Fettish works of the past, but Faist's meticulously crafted work merges pure materiality with personal resonance. As in previous series, Faist appropriates patterns from clothing with which she has personal associations. In this current body of work, she used apparel from friends and acquaintances, rather than material that she had collected over several years.
To create the vibrant, sculptural pieces, Faist draws her chosen textile design in fine detail and gradually envelopes the original form beneath layers of colored acrylic glazes. Each painting, suspended in resin on thick wood supports, becomes a relic of her encounters with other people. The perfectly smooth, reflective paintings draw viewers into their vibrant, shimmering depths, making onlookers a part of the material and emotive journey that the pieces reveal.
“The patterns in my latest grouping of paintings come from textile designs from the apparel of friends and acquaintances or other people I meet. They encompass a spectrum of social relationships from fleeting exchanges to everyday encounters. The relationships can be close or distant, but yet there is always a thread that weaves between one person and another, creating the fabric of our social networks. The paintings serve as mementos, little fragments of intimacy, something to remember them by.”
Jennifer Faist received her MFA from Claremont Graduate University. She lives and works in Los Angeles.
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Sabrina Gschwandtner: Hands at Work
June 03 – August 26, 2017
Opening Reception: Saturday, June 03, 2017, 5-7pm
Shoshana Wayne Gallery is pleased to present Hands at Work by Sabrina Gschwandtner. This is the Los Angeles-based artist’s second solo exhibition with the gallery. The exhibition will be on view June 3rd through August 26th, 2017, with an opening reception on Saturday June 3rd from 5-7pm.
Hands at Work is a study of hands, craft, and montage, composed of eleven quilts constructed from 16 mm film presented in light boxes, and a large-scale video. The film footage comes from a collection of 16 mm educational films that were de-accessioned from the Fashion Institute of Technology and given to Gschwandtner by Anthology Film Archives. Since 2009, when she first began cutting and sewing them into configurations based on popular American quilt motifs, these films have served as rich source material for the artist. The films describe the making of textiles for cultural, political and daily uses.
Building on her previous exhibition, Film Quilts (2015), Gschwandtner continues to explore possibilities precipitated by the demise of celluloid and the proliferation of the digital moving image. As Gschwandtner’s work traces the transition from analog to digital technologies, it explores tactility, the relationship between still and moving images, and the often opposing spheres of craft and concept in art.
For this exhibition, Gschwandtner has selected footage of hands at work—weaving, knitting, sewing, dyeing cloth, tying string, spinning yarn, and feeding fabric into machines. The artist’s decision to focus on hands, the way they move, perform their craft, and enact their labor, underscores the action of handcraft as both physical and metaphorical. There are pairs of works, signifying left and right hands laboring, and the making and unmaking of meaning. Gschwandtner’s work emphasizes undervalued female labor, paying homage to the historical lineage of female film editors who stitched together movies.
While Gschwandtner’s film quilts present photography as a physical, three-dimensional site, the artist’s video connects women’s work and formal histories of abstraction with digital technology. For this piece, Gschwandtner transferred film footage to video and edited laboring hands, film leader and film credits into 35 layers that form a triangle quilt in motion. Displayed on an Ultra-high-definition monitor, the piece ruminates on the roles of materiality and tactility in a technologically mediated future.
Sabrina Gschwandtner has exhibited widely in the United States as well as internationally at institutions including the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington DC; the Museum of Arts and Design in New York; and the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. Her film quilts are currently on view in permanent collection exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the RISD Museum, and the Mint Museum. Gschwandtner’s work is also included in the permanent collections of the MFA Boston and the Carl and Marilynn Thoma Art Foundation, among many other public and private collections worldwide. Gschwandtner received a BA from Brown University and an MFA from Bard College.
For more information please contact Alana Parpal: firstname.lastname@example.org
The artist wishes to thank director Pat Ferrero for use of footage from her films "Quilts in Women's Lives " (1980) and "Hearts and Hands" (1987). The films are in active distribution and are available from New Day Films.
Stop by William A. Karges Fine Art and view European scenes painted by early California masters, including Joseph Kleitsch, William Silva, S.C. Yuan, Jane Peterson, and Donald Teague. For nearly 30 years, William A. Karges Fine Art has been the preeminent art dealer specializing in early California and American paintings. With galleries in Carmel and Santa Monica, Karges Fine Art carries one of the most varied, high-quality, historically significant inventories of paintings available on the West Coast.
PETER LODATO + ERIC JOHNSON
July 15 - September 9 2017
PETER LODATO : RECENT WORKS
A California native, Peter Lodato began making work in the late 1960s as part of the West Coast-specific Light and Space movement. Aligned with the concerns of his contemporaries, Lodato first constructed light installations that explored the nature of perception and the way that physical environments could be transformed into immersive experiences for the viewer. Lodato’s paintings evolved from his preliminary drawings for these installations and eventually, Lodato was able to recreate the illusive effect of light with color, form, and canvas alone.
Always fascinated by the uncertainty of human perception, and the duplicitous nature of vision, which can be both revealing and deceitful, Lodato creates paintings that delve into this duality. Upon first read they are austere, geometric abstractions. After further observation, however, the paintings begin to vibrate: brushstrokes become evident and the surface reveals that there are numerous layers beneath. The hard edges of his often bi-chromatic works dissipate into sensuous fields of color that seem to push space in and out.
Lodato’s reductive, divided compositions are visual confrontations between the planar simplicity of form and the resonance of particular pigments. A disciple of the AbEx color field painter, Barnett Newman, Lodato’s sumptuously colored canvases echo Newman’s concept of using division as a way to merge different areas of the canvas into a sublime whole. Much like Newman’s “zips” of color, Lodato’s vertical bands draw the viewer deeply into the picture plane, causing them to intensely experience the work, both physically and emotionally.
ERIC JOHNSON : SELECT WORKS
Eric Johnson creates enigmatic and sensual abstract sculptures that are constructed with pigment, wood and resin. Johnson’s work seamlessly unites two traditions of Southern California art - the sleek and sexy aesthetic of the Finish Fetish movement and the organic and elegant tradition of woodworking. His handcrafted pieces are sheathed in resin skins, which often reveal glimpses of the wooden architectures encased within. Endlessly fascinated by physics and science, Johnson’s references range from cosmology and astrophysics to the human form.
Johnson’s work is deeply personal - in addition to drawing inspiration from his ancestral boat-building heritage (which is Norwegian, Scottish and Cree Native American) - these skeletal forms are also inspired by a severe neck injury, and the resulting pain, that Johnson suffered early in his career. His father was one of California’s expert auto body restorers, and Johnson skillfully incorporates tools from this industry to craft his sculptures. This notion of memory and both personal and shared histories is essential to Johnson’s practice - the artist has remarked that “Each individual work on its own is intended to inspire an exploration of light, color and transparency. While moving from piece to piece it is my aim that people start to sense the many facets of the piece and acknowledge any memories that the work might invoke.”