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Press Releases from Johansson Projects (62 total)

Pansy Twist: An Incomplete Survey/Mixtape of American Riot Boi Art

Pansy Twist: An Incomplete Survey/Mixtape of American Riot Boi Art is a decidedly un-essential collective convo instigated by Seth Bogart, Jeffrey Cheung, and Brontez Purnell; all three art makers representing both successive and simultaneous waves of Post-Punk, Post Riot Grrrl, Post-Queercore, Post-Pop, and Post Post Post Post Post Post Post Modern Art movements. All starting as musicians in the fertile and majestic Bay Area queer scene – this art show positions

JAY NELSON | MAKING LANDS | JUNE 7 - JULY 20

In Jay Nelson’s prodigious body of built work there is always the dare for the viewer to see from a new perspective. To inhabit what he calls new ‘structures for seeing’. A Honda Civic, as a perspective. A tree, as a perspective. A backyard. The dare in Making Lands is to inhabit Nelson’s quiet nights after putting his children to sleep. And to take up that part calm, part strung

Summer Selections

Johansson Projects presents Summer Selections featuring works by our gallery artists. Johansson Projects is a contemporary art gallery that functions as curatorial laboratory, creating exhibitions that pair established and internationally-recognized artists with up-and-coming locals. With no show confined purely to gallery walls it prompts viewers to actively engage with artists who explore the mysteries embedded in modernity often using unorthodox materials and methods. Johansson Projects is a locus for curators, collectors,

ANNA FIDLER + CATHY LU | HER KIND | 5-8PM FRI FEB 1

Cathy Lu and Anna Fidler shape new myths surrounding characters of the past. With bright colors, topographic energy portraits sculpted from layers of paper, and misshapen ceramic imitations, their works declare a distinctly feminine revolution. Inspired by the ancient Chinese myth of the Immortal Peach Garden, where peaches represent longevity and prosperity, and combining that with the sexualized symbols that they are in American pop culture, Lu transforms these peaches

Loop Melody

Opening: Friday December 7 2018 | 5pm - 8pm Here’s one storyline. Here’s another. Here’s an endless number of storylines hovering on the groundless surface. Kaye’s granular drawings are seasonal, even hourly, depictions of light and intimacy. They blanch in the yellow California summer. They fold in, purple and blue, at twilight. The borders disappear as her shapes meander across one another, building conversational layer upon layer. While this close-ness is front

Loop Melody | Alexander Kori Girard and Rachel Kaye | 5-8PM FRI NOV 2

Johansson Projects presents Loop Melody featuring the works of Alexander Kori Girard and Rachel Kaye. Here's one storyline. Here's another. Here's an endless number of storylines hovering on the groundless surface. Kaye's granular drawings are seasonal, even hourly, depictions of light and intimacy. They blanch in the yellow California summer. They fold in, purple and blue, at twilight. The borders disappear as her shapes meander across one another, building conversational

Concrete Utopia

Johansson Projects presents Concrete Utopia where fragments of urban life and daydreams unite the works of Rachelle Bussières and Courtney Sennish. The works lure you in through their use of color and material; comparing the softness of a sky palette to the texture of concrete. Both artists, sculpting their mediums, record different processes of perceiving, experiencing and relating to the physical world. For Bussières, the lumen print process allows her to

Loop Melody | Rachel Kaye and Alexander Kori Girard

With foreground and background largely erased, each artist leaves it to the viewer to choose the topsy-turvy direction. Here's one storyline. Here's another. Here's an endless number of storylines vibrating on the surface. Kaye's granular drawings are seasonal, even hourly, depictions of light and intimacy. They blanch in the yellow California summer. They fold in, purple and blue, at twilight. The borders disappear as her shapes meander across one another,

Concrete Utopia | Rachelle Bussières and Courtney Sennish

Fragments of urban life and daydreams unite the works of Rachelle Bussieres and Courtney Sennish in Concrete Utopia on view at Johansson Projects. The works lure you in through their use of color and material; comparing the softness of a sky palette to the texture of concrete. Both artists, sculpting their mediums, record different processes of perceiving, experiencing and relating to the physical world. For Rachelle, the lumen print process

Matthew F Fisher | Into the Blue

Matthew F Fisher's paintings have been exhibited extensively in California, New York, London, and Atlanta, He is a recipient of residencies and awards from the Pollock Krasner Foundation, Yaddo, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Fisher received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Juxtapoz February 2018 Sasha Bogojev “..Both his ink drawings and acrylic paintings have the aesthetics of vintage futuristic air-brush art, notable through

Matthew Fisher | Into The Blue

Johansson Projects presents Into the Blue, a solo show by Matthew F Fisher. Part moony Florida evenings, part castaway, part neo-pastel, part noir, part performative water works, part astro-physic - all of Fisher's paintings approach the perfect through the imperfect. There's a level of completeness, of polish, of finish to each painting, while still basking in the hand drawn. The quivering stillness of a strait line amplifies the unseen human

MICHELLE BLADE | PARTNERLOOK

Johansson Projects presents: “Partnerlook”, an exhibition of new paintings and ceramic sculptures by artist Michelle Blade. “Partnerlook” is a term that stems from the German colloquial for wearing matching clothes, and is an underlying theme throughout this intimate body of work. The pieces look toward one another, they echo visual similarities, and they mimic investigations of the natural world and the role the human figure takes within it. The works are small

CLAIRE COLETTE | MONUMENT ETERNAL

Johansson Projects presents, Monument Eternal, featuring Claire Colette’s ethereal brand of geometric abstraction inviting deep, meditative viewing. Borrowing its title from Alice Coltrane’s first book—which tells of her spiritual initiation, revelations, and austerities—Monument Eternal is a formal exploration of the human desire for transcendence. Interested in contemporary and esoteric creation myths and sacred architectures, Colette’s emotive linear paintings contemplate modern relationships with past civilizations and our own place in the

BLAISE ROSENTHAL | BETWEEN THE LINES | 5-8PM FRI AUG 4

Johansson Projects presents Between the Lines, a solo show with artist Blaise Rosenthal. This is the first exhibition of his “Overpaintings”, a group of small abstract works produced over a five-year period beginning in 2012.The exhibition’s title, Between the Lines, refers to the position that these works occupy within the artist’s broader practice. More familiar from Rosenthal are his multi-panel charcoal and acrylic on canvas paintings, as featured in Mirage—the

Megan Reed + Jennie Ottinger | Rabble-Rousers | May 27

In Rabble-Rousers, Megan Reed’s marching sculptures, watched by the disconcertingly unwholesome crowds in Jennie Ottinger’s paintings, together activate the gallery space into a kind of parade ground for resistance, rebellion, and/or collective merry-making. Through loud, chromatic palettes and vivid textures, both Reed and Ottinger create work that is tactile, vocal and slyly humorous. The viewer is invariably drawn into the rabble-rousing, tangled up into its web of discourse; urged to join

Matt Kleberg + Woody De Othello | Knock-Kneed and Bow-Legged | March 25

In their upcoming show at Johansson Projects, Knock-Kneed and Bow-Legged, Matt Kleberg’s cascading voids and Woody Othello’s anthropomorphized ceramics come together to construct curious alternate realities within unsettling social climates. Matt Kleberg’s texturally striped paintings create an intriguing illusion of internal space, inviting the viewer to ‘step in’ to an alternate reality just off the edge of the frame. Invoking the depth of a stage drop, his color-blocked canvasses curtain out

SOFIE RAMOS | FRI FEB 3

In Sofie Ramos’ January residency at Johansson Projects, vivid playgrounds, fantastical constructions, and vibrantly textural wonderlands will take over the gallery space for her upcoming installation exhibition. Spilling beyond the confines of the canvas, Ramos stretches fabrics, string, sharp lines of color, and absurd forms in her physical interactions with space. Ramos insists on emphasizing process over outcome, resulting in installations where imagination runs free and throws itself into physical

CODY HOYT + ALEXANDER KORI GIRARD | OCTOBER 22

In Cody Hoyt and Alexander Kori Girard’s upcoming show at Johansson Projects, patterned forms and organic geometries come together in an unique exploration of functional permanence and mystic communication. Cody Hoyt’s ceramics are rigorously drawn, curiously angular, and intricately patterned, creating brutalist organic “vessels” that question the need for function over form. The forms are constructed from patterned slabs, which are themselves assembled from smaller individual pieces; a highly individualized framework

MICAH WOOD | HEALTHY TEARS | THU SEPT 1 5-8

In his first solo exhibition at Johansson Projects, Micah Wood explores the semiotics of coherent symbols through painting and sculpture by presenting a critical commentary on western society’s strange relationship to food marketing and to food itself. “Healthy Tears” uses the physicality and spatial weight of sculpture techniques as well as the expressive and organic substance within painting to create a work that questions perception and truth in relation to

Blaise Rosenthal | Mirage | April 1

Mirage Featuring: Blaise Rosenthal Show Runs March 26 - May 21, 2016 Reception: Friday, April 1, 5-8pm In first solo exhibition Blaise Rosenthal's acrylic and charcoal works reveal subtle forms with layers of intricate construction. A straight crisp line, a clear division of light and dark, cuts across a rich surface formed by two asymmetrically scaled canvases. This singularity, however, does not exist. It is a greater sum of parts. Washes of acrylic media

Samantha Bittman | Material Data

Material Data Featuring: Samantha Bittman Show Runs May 1 - July 4, 2015 Reception Friday May 1, 5 - 8 PM In Material Data, Samantha Bittman presents a new body of work including a series of paintings on handwoven textiles, custom digitally printed wallpaper, and a handmade tile floor sculpture. In Bittman’s visual world, the structuring and processing of individual parts generate a mutually dependent relationship between image and object, while simultaneously conjuring formal

MIAMI | UNTITLED Art Fair | Johansson Projects Booth D06 | Dec 1-7

Johansson Projects presents works by Craig Dorety featuring a collaboration with Jim Campbell Craig Dorety’s meditative, time-based light sculptures use vibrant, animated gradients of light to extract movement from media stills, bringing the viewer face-to-face with the limitations of perception. Johansson Projects' unveils new work as well as a collaborative installation with the iconic LED artist Jim Campbell. This exciting cross-pollination of new media arts fuses Dorety’s emphasis on color and

JENNIFER + KEVIN MCCOY | ALL EXIT

ALL EXIT FEATURING JENNIFER + KEVIN MCCOY Show Runs Through January 3, 2015 Extended hours Friday December 5th, open until 8 pm. In their second exhibition with Johansson Projects, entitled All Exit, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy present new works that spin out from the landscape of the Californian west, from farmland to corporate campus. California, with its nexus of computer, entertainment, and military industrial centers is seen as the conclusion, both geographically and ideologically,

Jennifer + Kevin McCoy | All Exit

In their second exhibition with Johansson Projects, entitled All Exit, Jennifer and Kevin McCoy present new works that spin out from the landscape of the Californian west, from farmland to corporate campus. California, with its nexus of computer, entertainment, and military industrial centers is seen as the conclusion, both geographically and ideologically, of the frontier fantasy of the American dream. The title, All Exit, is taken from internet rhetoric in which

Fractured Fauna

Fractured Fauna New works by Misako Inaoka August 23 – October 18 Artist reception September 5, 5-8pm Johansson Projects presents Fractured Fauna, a new series by Misako Inaoka, in which hybrid creatures opt to be upholstered instead of taxidermied. Inaoka's newest sculptures depict a herd of ever-ambiguous creatures locked in an eternal state of transformation. Two headed dogs and headless deer are two animals in the clan, each adorned with decorative skins resembling an

Alicia McCarthy + Jenny Sharaf

Alicia McCarthy + Jenny Sharaf Show Runs June 21 - August 16 Reception Saturday June 21, 3-5 pm Johansson Projects presents new works by Alicia McCarthy and Jenny Sharaf in which repetition reigns and pretty things come rough around the edges. At radically different paces, Alicia McCarthy and Jenny Sharaf render DIY visions of California dreaming. Alicia McCarthy's hypnotic paintings are a quiet F-U to the ever-quickening pace of the ever savvy, Photoshopped world

Craig Dorety | Division | Johansson Projects

Division Craig Dorety featuring a collaboration with Jim Campbell Show Runs April 19 - June 14, 2014 Reception: Friday, May 2, 5-8pm In a time when technology so often distracts and displaces, Craig Dorety's work uses pixels, LEDs, digital images and filters to stimulate focused reverie. In Division, his new exhibition at Johansson Projects, Dorety's meditative sculptures use vibrant, animated gradients of light to extract movement from the static, bringing the viewer face-to-face with

Temporal Void featuring Mayumi Hamanka + Brooks Salzwedel

Johansson Projects presents Temporal Void, a two person show featuring new works by Mayumi Hamanaka and Brooks Salzwedel, in which the vulnerability of our environments, histories and memories is brought to the forefront. By slightly distorting recognizable images from twentieth century wars and layering hand cut prints and paper, Mayumi Hamanaka investigates perceptions of history and the contexts in which histories are written. In Hamanaka’s latest project, Invisible Lands, her process

Temporal Void | Mayumi Hamanaka + Brooks Salzwedel | November 21 – January 16, …

Johansson Projects presents Temporal Void, a two person show featuring new works by Mayumi Hamanaka and Brooks Salzwedel, in which the vulnerability of our environments, histories and memories is brought to the forefront. By slightly distorting recognizable images from twentieth century wars and layering hand cut prints and paper, Mayumi Hamanaka investigates perceptions of history and the contexts in which histories are written. In Hamanaka’s latest project, Invisible Lands,

Formalities featuring Dan Grayber + Steuart Pittman

Johansson Projects presents Formalities, a two-person exhibition featuring works by Dan Grayber and Steuart Pittman, in which familiar structures and seemingly rigorous forms are born from aesthetic impulse and a higher ambition towards geometric harmony. If machines are inventions that ease the daily burdens of human existence, Dan Grayber's work is the very antithesis of the statement. Grayber creates intricate mechanical objects that are designed solely to sustain themselves, rather

Michelle Blade and Hillary Wiedemann

Johansson Projects is pleased to present a "A Willing Transfer of Belief", a two person exhibition featuring works of Michelle Blade and Hillary Wiedemann. The luminous surfaces of Blade's work border on abstraction and simultaneously depict transcendent spaces and colorful, totem-like characters. For this exhibition Blade brings together painting and sculpture, inserting moments of levity within ideologies of Existentialism. A painting of a ghost activated by an oscillating fan, exhibited

Johansson Projects presents Pixilated Drift featuring David O'Brien, Andrew Bens …

Johansson Projects presents Pixilated Drift, in which computer glitches and obsolete technologies float, bump and bleed into one another like continents in motion. Andrew Benson’s entrancing videos depict liquid pixels, oozing like primal matter between sharp fractals and blinding colors. These epileptic glitches threaten to forever climax, causing a visual overload that forces you submit your brain to pure bliss. David O’Brien’s photographs explore human connectedness by weaving together colorful helices

Johansson Projects presents Opal Dust featuring Casey Watson

Opal Dust features Casey Watson depicting the sharp-edged task of portraying a soft exterior. Watson’s meticulous colored pencil and graphite drawings invite the viewer to unearth her treasures and inspect their intricacies. Up close, petals, leaves and stems arrange themselves into romantic kaleidoscopic wreaths. These fibrous orbs careen and breed, evoking ideas of natural symmetry, squished floral formations, and cycles of life and death. From a distance, the same drawings

Johansson Projects presents Rachel Kaye

Johansson Projects presents SHEBAM! POW! BLOP! WIZZ! featuring work by Rachel Kaye. Kaye's textile playgrounds channel the eternally dramatic love affair between art and fashion. Ripped from fashion magazines today's top trends melt into mazes of color and pattern, pure visual stimulation devoid of opinion or moral stance. As if conducting an operation, Kaye deconstructs the visual fabric of her physical fabrics, letting the symbiosis of art and fashion exist

Johansson Projects presents Vampires & Wolf Men featuring Anna Fidler

Age-old folklore renders a vampire's reflection invisible. Anna Fidler suggests that when a post-internet vampire faces the mirror, its simulacrum glitches like a psychedelic computer virus. The exhibition "Vampires and Wolf Men" combines Fidler's traditional taste for exploring supernatural energies with a vampire's taste for blood. She revamps portraits of suspicious looking individuals from the 19th and early 20th centuries, giving them the electric glow of one who has stolen

Johansson Projects presents What To Do With Your Orphan: A Manual featuring Jenn …

On Johansson Projects 5th Anniversary we present Jennie Ottinger's "What to Do with Your Orphan: A Manual", in which orphans partake in orphan-like activities. These include sleeping, playing dodgeball, and eating breakfast. But don't be fooled into thinking an orphan's life is just like yours or mine. Ottinger nonchalantly renders a mouth too far unhinged or a patch of flesh a bit too pink, making her gouache ghosts look almost

Johansson Projects presents Hymns to the Moon featuring Tadashi Moriyam + Robert …

Johansson Projects presents Hymns to the Moon, where sublime omens haunt everyday spaces, both of the landscape and of the imagination. Robert Minervini and Tadashi Moriyama depict visions of a timeless future. Moriyama's works swarm with details in their depiction of the last judgment for the digital age. Weeds, wires, blood and guts coil around classical sculpture, original sin and corporate headquarters. At the crux of his painted paranoia, viewers

Johansson Projects presents Follies of the Digital Arcade featuring Christina Co …

Johansson Projects is pleased to present Follies of the Digital Arcade, Christina Corfield's recently uncovered archives of the mysterious effects of electricity on the visual imagination of the late nineteenth century and it’s impact on today’s digital age. Western society of the late nineteenth century moved from a mechanical to an electrical age, and now we too are living through huge shifts in technologies and communications. Follies of the Digital

Johansson Projects presents New Document

There is a new rectangular viewbox into understanding what it means to be human. Johansson Projects presents New Document, where our expanding visual literacy provides a schematic history of the materials and methods employed by artists Andrew Chapman, Matthew Draving, Hunter Longe and Hugh Zeigler. Temporal interpretations are generated and informed by our relationship to a computerized environment. Age-old descriptive terms such as layering, cropping and rendering take on new

Johansson Projects presents Circlesaints featuring Yvette Molina + Mike Meyers

In his drawings Leonardo Da Vinci explored the cosmography of the microcosm, showing how the workings of the human body can be traced in the workings of the universe. Johansson Projects' upcoming exhibition, Circlesaints by Yvette Molina and Michael Meyers, takes a similar line of inquiry. In their respective work, explorations of plant life and architecture investigate the whole from its parts. Yvette Molina employs a microscope's view of plants

Johansson Projects presents BISCHOFF SOREN BLACK

Johansson Projects presents a three-person show in which landscape, seascape and dreamscape melt into a new sub-human habitat. Through the use of photography and video with varying degrees of analog and digital effects, Brice Bischoff, Tabitha Soren and Ellen Black manipulate environments, creating uncanny exaggerations and projections of what could exist. Bischoff's large format ‘Bronson Caves’ prints use long exposure to create an equation in which performance and photography

Johansson Projects presents Katy Stone + Allison Gildersleeve

Johansson Projects presents new work by Allison Gildersleeve and Katy Stone in Bramblur an exhibition that examines the material of nature and the nature of materials. Known internationally for her large scale public projects, Katy Stone's constructions in metal and Duralar act as both microscope and kaleidoscope, zooming in on the radical strangeness of plants’ physiques while enhancing the effect with hyperactive colors. Occupying the space between the organic and

Johansson Projects presents Homer Flynn

Johansson Projects presents an exhibition of LP cover production art, promotional photos, drawings, scratch-board illustrations, and digital imagery from the archives of Homer Flynn. As principal designer for the internationally acclaimed music, video and performance group, The Residents, Flynn will be exhibiting both professional and personal work. This is the artist's first solo exhibition at the gallery. Through his work, Homer Flynn has created a unique folklore composed of morosely

Johansson Projects presents Loss Revision featuring Eric Petitti

In Loss Revision, Eric Petitti presents a series of works excerpted from his project "The Dreadnaught Saga". The project is designed to emphasize the ways in which depictions of history can distort the past in order to influence the present. On close inspection, the details within the work offer different perspectives either embracing the larger story or contradicting the truth that they claim to espouse. This exhibit presents the competing

Johansson Projects presents Control Room featuring Josh Short

Johansson Projects presents an installation by Josh Short, where crisis is business as usual. 
The exhibition begins with a deceptive facade of crudely framed screen prints. Upon further investigation, viewers can find a hidden door to the surveillance control room; a cross between a post-apocalyptic survivalist bunker and a lazy police office. As the new commanders of this strange outpost, they are equipped with food, tools, and recreational activities -

Johansson Projects presents Humming Summit featuring Alex Case + Dan Grayber

Dan Grayber isolates machinery from its usual role of fulfilling human needs through placing it in an eternal mode of self-perpetuation. His safety-orange powder coated objects endlessly assure their survival through completing the simple and essential task of holding oneself up. These sculptures, which create problems as they solve them, exude a sovereign elegance, the dignity of not having to justify themselves to an outside source. Alex Case uses asphalt

Johansson Projects presents Unearth

In the back gallery, Johansson Projects presents Unearth, a group show that offers emerging artists the opportunity to give back and support local collectors. The show is comprised of five artists making their a-terrestrial work available for less than a grand. Toying with the natural, these artists take a leap of faith and define the unknown. Ellen Black's media players are windows to a fractured utopia. Her cobbled together urban

Johansson Projects presents Due By featuring Jennie Ottinger

In Due By, Jennie Ottinger crafts a canonical library stripped down to the barely-there essentials. There is a haunting affect to Ottinger's collection of newfangled classics; perhaps it is the quiet tick tock of our own mortality, urging us to read the greats before it is too late. To help us with our timely mission, the books' insides are cut out and replaced with far more entertaining summaries. Her humorous

Johansson Projects presents Guided Growth featuring Misako Inaoka

In Guided Growth, Misako Inaoka revamps Johansson Projects into a zoological garden run wild, existing in a strange parallel world that we are perhaps too familiar with. Inaoka's work echoes the alchemy of food processing by cross-breeding high art and toys, flirting with the familiarity of kitsch. Ceramic fawns with surveillance cameras for heads and a moose with ears-turned-bicycle-handlebars frolic in a wonderland impossibly sweet with an unsettling aftertaste. Inaoka's

Johansson Projects presents Solo Exhibiton by Erik Parra

In his first solo exhibition at the gallery, Erik Parra’s confettied newspaper clippings trap vintage advertisements in an impossible temporality: both as a newspaper documentation of the past and a proactive peek into future shapings of collective hopes and dreams. The tangled layers of artificiality eminent in both the medium and the message- between black and white and RGB, history and desire, question the relevance of a search for American

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