KELLEY JOHNSON
New Paintings (Bruno David Projects)

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Bruno David Gallery is pleased to present Kelley Johnson's fourth solo exhibition with the gallery. A catalogue, KELLEY JOHNSON: NEW PAINTINGS, with new essays by Nicole Yen and Damon Freed, will be published on the occasion of the exhibition.

Johnson's artwork explores ways in which painting can be constructed, interested in his paintings as objects, and their ability to illustrate atmospheres and sensations. Found within Johnson's works are juxtapositions of geometric lines and spontaneously blurred arcs, that evoke feelings of depth and vibration. The repetition of similar shapes creates a melodious rhythm within his pieces, and Johnson's color choices amplify or mute the patterns madeswathes of emerald green interrupt muddy grays, dashes of hot pink race against black. Some moments within the artwork willfully declare their presence. Other moments whisper and glide by. Johnson carefully chooses these attributes to show how his paintings operate as components of a language, rather than remain static canvases upon a wall.

Johnson's current exhibition, born in part from his Works on Paper Series in 2011, has the viewer weaving out of the canvases and into the environment. In some pieces, Johnson allows a few simple lines to extend off the edge; in others, he will paint the full surface. These choices emphasize the dialog between depiction and object--the brushstrokes pull the viewer out of the object, yet the depth of the painting reminds the viewer of the object itself.

Johnson received his B.F.A. from Parsons School of Design, New York and his M.F.A. from the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts at Indiana University. He has exhibited his work nationally and internationally. He currently divides his time between St. Louis and Miami.

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Untitled 13
Acrylic on canvas

47-1/2 x 36-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
Memory of Hair Metal
Acrylic on canvas

47-1/2 x 36-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
Untitled 12
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

47-1/2 x 36-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
Untitled 4
Acrylic on canvas

74 x 74 x 2-1/2 inches
Untitled 14
Acrylic and mixed media on wood

20 x 20 x 1-1/2 inches
Untitled 8
Acrylic on canvas

91-1/2 x 73-1/2 x 2-1/2 inches
Bound
Acrylic on canvas

74 x 60 x 2-1/2 inches
Shutter
Acrylic on canvas

74 x 74 x 2-1/2 inches
Untitled 5
Acrylic and mixed media on canvas

74 x 74 2-1/2 inches
Untitled 7
Acrylic on canvas

74 x 60 x 2-1/2 inches
Push
Acrylic on canvas

74 x 60 x 2-1/2 inches
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