Rashid Johnson discusses his work in conjunction with his first major solo museum exhibition, Message to Our Folks. Johnson’s mixed-media practice incorporates a wide-range of everyday materials and objects, including wax, wood, steel, brass, shea butter, ceramic tile, books, records, VHS tapes, live plants, and CB radios. With shamanistic inspiration from both African-American and art history, many of Johnson’s more recent works employ these materials in a way that suggests an indefinite form of mysticism and a role as devotional objects.
Johnson returns to Chicago on Tuesday, June 19, to discuss his artistic practice and current exhibition (closing August 5). Don’t miss this last opportunity to hear Johnson speak about his critically acclaimed exhibition.
Everyday objects like mirrors, floors, and house plants appear in various configurations in Johnson’s artworks, in which they are familiar yet strange. Johnson grew up in Chicago, attending Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and has since exhibited his work at the Venice Biennale, and in New York at the Sculpture Center and Hauser & Wirth. Johnson was also included in the landmark Freestyle exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2001. Message to Our Folks is the artist’s first major solo museum exhibition.