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Merritt Johnson
updated: 09/17/2013
website: www.flashbanggiveaway.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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Pattern Diversion (look to the present future)
No Limb over invisibility drape
Poise for Destruction
Looking Through the Invisible Atmosphere
Little Daughter Monster Imposter
Stripes not shown
Silk Drip (dropping lies and cut out eyes)
Up the walls and sides, in your ears and eyes
Underpantsface Imposter-monster
Terrible Monster in disguise with Velvet Curtain Imposter
Decorative Monster Imposter
If you're going to, do it with all your eyes open
If your going to lie, do it with all your teeth showing
High Winds (blue tarp)
If you're going to swallow everything you'll need a mouth like this
 
Portfolio Keywords:  biomorphic, political, landscape, figurative, pattern, social criticism, humor, identity
 
 
Pattern Diversion (look to the present future) by Merritt Johnson
Pattern Diversion (look to the present future)
acrylic, interference, spray lacquer on paper
2013
29 " x  42 inches " 
No Limb over invisibility drape by Merritt Johnson
No Limb over invisibility drape
graphite and acrylic on paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Poise for Destruction by Merritt Johnson
Poise for Destruction
graphite and interference acrylic on paper
2013
22 33 in. " x  30 42 " 
Looking Through the Invisible Atmosphere by Merritt Johnson
Looking Through the Invisible Atmosphere
spray lacquer and graphite on paper
2013
33 " x  42 in. " 
Little Daughter Monster Imposter by Merritt Johnson
Little Daughter Monster Imposter
acrylic on paper
2012
30 in. " x  22 in. " 
Stripes not shown by Merritt Johnson
Stripes not shown
oil and acrylic on paper
2012
30 " x  22 " 
Silk Drip (dropping lies and cut out eyes) by Merritt Johnson
Silk Drip (dropping lies and cut out eyes)
acrylic on paper
2012
30 24 " x  22 24 " 
Up the walls and sides, in your ears and eyes by Merritt Johnson
Up the walls and sides, in your ears and eyes
acrylic and spray lacquer on paper
2012
22 " x  30 " 
Underpantsface Imposter-monster by Merritt Johnson
Underpantsface Imposter-monster
acrylic on paper
2012
40 4o " x  50 29 "  x 2 " 
Terrible Monster in disguise with Velvet Curtain Imposter by Merritt Johnson
Terrible Monster in disguise with Velvet Curtain Imposter
acrylic and oil on paper
2012
40 " x  30 " 
Decorative Monster Imposter by Merritt Johnson
Decorative Monster Imposter
acrylic on paper
2012
42" x  29" 
If you're going to, do it with all your eyes open by Merritt Johnson
If you're going to, do it with all your eyes open
acrylic and oil on paper
2012
30" x  29" 
If your going to lie, do it with all your teeth showing by Merritt Johnson
If your going to lie, do it with all your teeth showing
oil on paper
2012
42 " x  42 " 
High Winds (blue tarp) by Merritt Johnson
High Winds (blue tarp)
oil on canvas
2011
60 in. " x  72 in. " 
If you're going to swallow everything you'll need a mouth like this by Merritt Johnson
If you're going to swallow everything you'll need a mouth like this
oil and spray lacquer on panel
2012
24 " x  24 " 

Artist Statement

My practice is a cross-disciplinary negotiation of discontinuity. Through my work, I explore and complicate connections and opposition within/between bodies and place. Patterned draperies and velvet curtains become disguises from and for fear/aggression. A limbless ball of fur hovers above a whited-out patterned drapery, or floats poised beneath a barely perceptible metallic archway: a shedding of something old and a balled up infant. Images are redacted with swaths of black or sprayed on patterns obscuring view.  In making, I am presenting evidence of the broad and convoluted conditions of physical and cultural survival in varied forms. 

 

Artist Bio / CV

M.F.A.    Massachusetts College of Art  2005
B.F.A.    Carnegie Mellon University  2003

Selected Exhibitions and Performances

2013 Stands With A Fist: Contemporary Native Women Artists, Museum of Contemporary Native Art, Santa Fe, NM 

2012 Concealed Geographies, A Space Gallery, Toronto, Canada 

2012 Talking Stick Festival, Roundhouse Gallery, Vancouver BC 

2011 Animal Influence, Concourse Gallery ECUAD,    Interactive Futures Conference, Vancouver BC 

2011  Salish Seas, Gallery Gachet, Vancouver BC           

2010   It's Complicated; Art About Home                                   Evergreen Gallery, Olympia WA  

2010     Sky Dome (props, patches, rips, and tears)*
    Grunt Gallery
    Vancouver, British Columbia, United States            

2009     Double Self Double
    Collaborative Performance with Maria Hupfield
    MacKenzie Gallery
    Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada

2008     Sneak and Lock-pick 
             Presented by Vancouver Live Biennale Performance Society
             and the Aboriginal Curatorial Collective
             Intersections Digital Studios, Emily Carr University of Art and Design
             Vancouver, British Colombia, Canada

2008     Museum Quality Migration
    Performance from the Museum of the American Indian to the Metropolitan Museum of Art
    Collaborative Performance with Maria Hupfield
    New York, NY, United States

2008     Museum Quality
    Collaborative Performance with Maria Hupfield
Denver Art Museum
    Denver CO, United States

2008     Museum Quality
    Collaborative Performance with Maria Hupfield
    Museum of Anthropology
    University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, Canada

2007    Baby George Washington carried across the river by an Indian skin boat*
    Public Performance and Installation
    White River AR, United States

2005    Some Sort of Uncertainty
    Curated by Adriana Rios
Patricia Doran Gallery
    Boston, MA, United States

2005    MFA Thesis Exhibition *
            Bakalar Gallery
            Massachusetts College of Art
            Boston MA, United States

2004    The Ocean is Never Sad (drawings and sculpture)*
            Patricia Doran Gallery
            Massachusetts College of Art
            Boston MA, United States

2003    Earthworms Uprooted, they were once in the mud
            In collaboration with William Earl Kofmehl III
            Sculpture on the Trail: Farmington Canal Trail, Artspace 6
             New Haven CT, United States

2002    Quarter-Operated Mechanical Indian-Cowboy
            Public Performance
            Pittsburgh, PA, United States