September 13, 2012

Chris Johanson "Windows" exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash

Chris Johanson

Opening reception: Thursday, September 13, 6-8 pm
On view: September 13 – October 20, 2012

Mitchell-Innes & Nash is pleased to present Chris Johanson: Windows, the gallery’s first exhibition of the West Coast artist, on view in the Chelsea space from September 13 through October 20. The exhibition represents a new direction for Johanson, who has long been engaged with the meditative qualities of art-making, and sincere, direct communication through painting. His new paintings on found wood are self-contained compositions, or ‘meditations on being,’ and several will incorporate painting directly on the gallery walls in a play on windows and transparency. The artist approaches these paintings as windows onto the world, windows to the past or future, or portals for introspection: looking out, and looking in. This will be Johanson's first solo New York show since 2008's Totalities at Deitch Projects.

Johanson’s work has blended a simple, unschooled style with an exuberant sense of color and a playful but sharply critical edge. While his early work tended toward naïve figuration, his recent work has shifted markedly toward abstraction. The artist sees these two modes of working as inter-connected and engaged with the same ideas: an exploration of painting as an artifact of how life is lived; and the notion of art as a nexus at which nature, culture, and self come together. Johanson’s abstractions have a poetic, affective quality, communicating moods or states of mind through his saturated palette. Whether abstract or figurative, his work expresses the artist's strong beliefs in environmentalism, compassion, and peaceful co-existence.

Mitchell-Innes & Nash
534 West 26th Street,

New York, NY 10001
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