Geometry of Intention | February 6 - 29 | San Francisco
“His work possesses a beguiling literalness, solid forms against impalpable ground. Johnson stages a balancing act in his work, mining the sensations of life, so that his paintings and collages actually themselves become a spiritual force.” - William Zimmer, New York Times
Although Johnson employs geometry as a structural base, it would be wrong to simply describe his work as Geometric Abstraction. “His painterly use of color, texture and form allude to his respect for traditional and expressive painters alike. His intense and energetic application of paint embodies his paintings with a synthesis of emotion, intuition and sensuality.”
“Overall patterns, developed repetition, and a sense of his process, seem to give his work a biography, forcing the viewer to look for understanding within them. His work at once appears intricate, and at the same time reduced and simplified. Rich patinas suggest a density of time and history.”
Johnson alternately works in painting and collage. His collages, generally smaller in scale, gives them a sense of a tactile intimacy, while his paintings are of a larger scale, bold, and run the gamut from brilliant hues to the almost monochromatic ... grays, whites and blacks.
Johnson began his painting career in New York, and drawn to Latin America, he first moved to Mexico City, and later to Sao Paulo. He currently divides his time between Mexico, Sao Paulo and New York City. Johnson’s work has been featured in many group and solo exhibitions in New York, Paris, Madrid, Havana, Sao Paulo, Mexico, and Japan and can be found in private, corporate and museum collections in the US, Latin America, and Europe.