Convergence: The Art of Karl and Indira Johnson
Living and being together in India, Sweden and the US for over 40 years has had a profound influence on the work of husband and wife artists Indira and Karl Johnson. They met at the School of the Art Institute in the late sixties. Forty years later one can see the migration of form and ideas back and forth in each other’s work as they continue their individual creative journeys.
Indira grew up in Mumbai, heavily influenced by an artist father and social activist mother. After completing her undergraduate studies in Mumbai, she came to the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Indira is a sculptor who for the last two decades has been incorporating objects discarded by society in her sculptures. She creates new objects that explore the constant process of transformation and change in the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
Karl after graduating from the Chicago Academy of fine Arts and the SAIC continued his education in India, Sweden and Denver. Until recently he was Vice President of his family's company, a leader in arboriculture. He then returned to painting which was his original passion. Karl’s paintings incorporate the rhythm and beauty, chaos and contradiction of the dynamic systems found in nature and the sciences.