People, Places and Patterns
Matt Johnson

April 5 - 28, 2012

Opening Reception: 5 - 8pm
First Thursday, April 5, 2012

Until recently, Matt Johnson found himself compelled to draw cell-towers. For Matt, they represented individuals; collectively, they were everyone he knew and everyone he had yet to meet. The drawings were the remnant of the traditional portrait - fleshy, visual likenesses that had been boiled down to their essence. The towers were the connection to Matt's world. Then Matt's iPhone was stolen, and all of his images with it, as he describes that fateful moment:

"Everything changed in that moment. I felt I could no longer represent my friends and family as towers. I needed those fleshy representations; the memories of people I love and places I have been." –Matt Johnson

From that loss forward, Matt has sought to reclaim those stolen images. He has begun to "backup" his memories in paint, not pixels, in an attempt to safeguard against them being taken from him again.

Matt Johnson creates and lives with his wife and two boys in Tacoma. He received his MFA from The University of Arizona and currently teaches art at Green River Community College and Pacific Lutheran University.

Noon-5pm Thurs-Sat, or by appointment.

Next Exhibition:

Jen Erickson
(more info)


Matt Johnson

oil on canvas, 24"x20", 2011

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