Save the Date!
Opening Reception for NJ Emerging Artists Series
Michael Burris Johnson
Friday, May 29th, 6-8 pm
FREE Gallery Talk: Wednesday, June 17th, 7-8 pm
Exhibition: May 29 - June 28, 2015
The grid paintings sustain a belief in the transformative capability of art. This artistic pursuit is about embodying values that demand a concentration of will: patience, endurance, consistency.
Because the grids are painted square by square, they require the ability to sustain focus through durations of tedium until suddenly, at long last, something beautiful becomes apparent. The ambition is to achieve grace through persistence, repetition and perseverance. The grid is a formal representation of the foundation of human understanding and the way we map our worlds. An unnatural form absent of intrinsic meaning, it is a creation of consciousness, an illusion of order. To fill the grid is an absurd task—in choosing to return to the work there is dignity.
Each painting conjures an image from deep silent regions of existence, pulled from under the heart. There is an effort to find passage—beyond memory, past the senses’ horizon—to pass through a rigid structure and hold in tact an honest affirmation of life. Art is an external intensity abstracted from the human body, a point of connection, recognition, and communication that is impossible in any other form. Painting is an exercise of existence—a way in which we come closer to what lies just beyond life.