Kendall Johnson


MELTING INTO AIR:

Layered Abstractions of Johnson’s Pasture
Exploring Place and Person

All that is solid melts into air, all that is profane is sanctified, and we are at last compelled to face with sober senses our real conditions of life, and our relations with the world.

“The revolutionary task is to be present to the present--to see the world as it is and act accordingly.”
                               Joseph Flately

If we are to survive the next 50 years, we must reverse the way re relate to the broader world.  Rethinking our relationship to the land we inhabit, focusing upon how the world we see is a product of our own social, cultural and perceptual constraints, and correcting our self-destructive habits involves re-opening to more comprehensive view of the world. 

These paintings present such an opening. Gestural form, implied structure, and layered meaning explore the concept and implications of external object as necessarily subjective.

 

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(Sometimes) When We Walk
Place and Time
Place and Time
A Closer Walk
A Closer Walk
Just a Grove of Trees
Just a Grove of Trees
Melting Into Air
Melting Into Air
Being There Then
Being There Then
They See It
They See It
Generations Came
Generations Came
Another Walk
Another Walk
From Within
From Within
For a Moment, There
For a Moment There

"Growing up in Claremont lends a particular sense of place and a sense of one's self evolving within a specific place. In the early days my family owned Johnson's Pasture, and it has always been a refuge for me through geographic and personal change. The very real threat of imminent - and immanent - housing development of the Pasture cuts deeply into my sense of who and where I am. I worked on this series to explore the meaning of this particular piece of land for me."

Sunset Rising
Sunset Rising
Summer Timeless
Summer Timeless
Now You See It
Now You See It
Deeper Than The Earth
Deeper Than the earth
A Stillness to Touch
A Stillness to Touch
Ancestors
Ancestors
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