Mariah Anne Johnson
We Are All Well and Fine
drawings and installation
Artist Opening Reception Saturday:June 8th,7:00-10:00pm
Gallery is thrilled to announce a new exhibition by artist,
Johnson. A recent transpant to the Los Angeles area from Arkansas.
“We Are All Well
and Fine” marks her first solo show in Los Angeles. Using such mediums as drawings, paintings and an
installation made from fabrics. Johnson’s work and ideas stem from her
upbringing in the South. A culture that is focused on the past and family
histories.Preserved in a collective memory of language,objects and gestures. Her work
with bed sheets grew out of Mariah’s thinking about her mother’s efforts at
maintaining aesthetic order in the home: she wants her linen closet to be
beautiful, even when the rest of the house is not. With her mother’s habits in
mind, Johnson folds, wraps, and piles bed sheets and pillowcases, which she finds in thrift shops,
into sculptures and installations. The interactions
among color combinations, printed patterns, and folding systems become visually
engrossing and reference brushstrokes and abstract paintings. The materials carry with them a
lost history of the bodies and lives of their previous owners. The sheets
become the material for pieced together, re-imagined narratives.
Mariah Johnson is a gradutate of Rice University and earned her MFA from
the University of Illinois. She lives and works in Los Angeles CA.