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Ron Johnson
updated: 05/05/2008
website: www.ronbjohnson.com
 
   
 
 
     
 
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It ain't like that
velocity
You always let me down
Low
Casual affair
Nervous
Uncovered
You do you
Same revolution
Recall redemption
Through the morning
 
 
Portfolio Keywords:  conceptual, abstract, collage, gestural, architecture
 
 
It ain't like that by Ron Johnson
It ain't like that
Acrylic, graphite, sharpie, mylar
2007
Dimensions variable
velocity by Ron Johnson
velocity
Acrylic, sharpie, mylar
2008
36" x  36" 
You always let me down by Ron Johnson
You always let me down
Acrylic, sharpie, mylar
2008
24" x  24" 
Low by Ron Johnson
Low
Acrylic, graphite, sharpie, mylar
2007
42" x  42" 
Casual affair by Ron Johnson
Casual affair
Acrylic, graphite, sharpie, mylar
2007
240" x  42" 
Nervous by Ron Johnson
Nervous
Acrylic, sharpie, mylar
2008
36" x  36" 
Uncovered by Ron Johnson
Uncovered
Acrylic, graphite, sharpie, mylar
2007
106" x  42" 
You do you by Ron Johnson
You do you
Acrylic, graphite, sharpie, mylar
2007
42" x  42" 
Same revolution by Ron Johnson
Same revolution
Acrylic, graphite, sharpie, mylar
2007
42" x  42" 
Recall redemption by Ron Johnson
Recall redemption
Acrylic, graphite, sharpie, mylar
2007
Dimensions variable
Through the morning by Ron Johnson
Through the morning
Acrylic, sharpie, mylar
2008
24" x  24" 

Artist Statement

I grew up believing that the moon was following me.  At some point I realized that it was only when I moved that the moon would move.  Its movement was not an illusion anymore. Its pursuit was a fact.  Later, I discovered that the moon was actually in motion, as was the earth.  The difference was that the moon moved more slowly than the earth, which explains why it was in a different position every night.  The moon was, in fact, constantly following me.  This relationship became for me a metaphor of the questioning of situations and of how and why I relate to objects and placements.

 

One movement begets another movement.  The movement exists in an interaction.  Conceptually the work questions ideas involving existentialism or as I have termed it, essence vs. existence and negative vs. positive.  It is the blurring of boundaries, literally and physically, “between” the two points and whether their roles can be reversed. 

    

There was a moment that I moved and realized that between the trees, the sky seemed different than when I looked at an unobstructed view of the sky.  When I moved, the trees moved, the view changed.  The positive space, the trees, reacted with the negative space, the sky.  The importance of the experience was the continuing realization that by changing a negative relation, the positive also changes.  The two characteristics rely on one another.   

 

The importance of the “between” effects what I want to see in things.  I imagine a Bill Viola video and the slowness of the filmstrip knowing that there is always something that cannot be seen.  In this slowing down or what I termed elongating paint, the viewing process of work is challenged, and this area of interstitial or intervals between objects, becomes more prevalent.  

Artist Bio / CV

2009

Reynolds Gallery Richmond, VA (Upcoming)

2008

Sherrie Galleries Columbus, OH

The Basement Gallery Knoxville, TN “Room 318” (Upcoming)

2007

K Saari Gallery Steamboat Springs, CO

La Goulotte Vezelay, France, Zervous Foundation  Curated by Cedric Loire

McLean Project for the Arts McLean , VA “Strictly Painting”

1708 Gallery Richmond, VA “Plane Text” Co-curated Erling Sjovold and Elizabeth Schlatter  

Longwood College VA “Constructs” (Traveling exhibition) Catalog

Musee Beaux Arts Amilly, France

2006

Reynolds Gallery Richmond, VA September

Lab Gallery New York City, NY “Scapes: A Bold New World” Curated by D. Dominick Lombardi

Rawls Museum Courtland, VA “Constructs” (Traveling exhibition)

Corcoran Gallery of Art Washington DC

2005

Gallery V Columbus, OH August

Galerie Pitch Paris, France March  (w/Joe Fyfe)

University of Mary Washington Gallery, Fredericksburg, VA “Constructs” (Traveling exhibition)

Galerie Pitch Accrochage sur demande Paris, France October-November

Plant Zero Gallery Richmond, VA “ConstructsJune Plant Zero Gallery (Traveling exhibition)

Ambrosino Gallery Miami, FL March-April  “More than Dirty South” Co-curated by Odili

 Donald Odita amd A.A. Rucci

The Hand Workshop Richmond, VA Jan.- March,  “Adaptation Syndrome” Curated by

 Dinah and Paul Ryan

2004

Reynolds Gallery Richmond, Virginia September

Bruno Marina Brooklyn, NY September

Collaborative Concepts Beacon, NY March  “Compound Interest”

Galerie Pitch Paris France June/July Drawings: Gallery artist’s