The Awesomist Tomorrow

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Neighbors, 2008 Graphite, Ink On Paper
The Awesomist Tomorrow

523 W. 25th St.
10001 New York
November 6th, 2008 - December 20th, 2008
Opening: November 6th, 2008 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Tue-Sat 10-6


Kiel Johnson  The Awesomist Tomorrow


Opening Thursday, November 6th 
Exhibition continues through December 20th

The Nancy Margolis Gallery is pleased to announce the opening of The Awesomist Tomorrow featuring the exuberant and fantastical drawings of up and coming Los Angeles artist Kiel Johnson. In his first solo exhibition in New York, Johnson’s boundless energy and unexpected youthful creativity burst onto paper with crisp lines of graphite and ink. His ‘factual-fiction’ urban landscapes are packed with the modern trappings of society: houses, city streets, wires, scaffolding and satellites. Johnson’s bizarre and imaginative drawings, while not quite recognizable, are believable, composed of the bits and pieces of contemporary society. 

‘Huts’ balanced on stilts, fashioned of woven and interlocking materials, hover over hairy hillocks. Seeming both futuristic and elemental, these cartoonish dwellings could be composed of textile, wood, metal scales- or all three. Inspired by drawings of Greek amphora, Johnson played with shape and texture to create objects which could be part dwelling, or part creature. Johnson’s elaborate drawings are overwhelmed with the suggestion of habitants, and yet there is not a single creature to be seen. In ‘Tower for Babel’ a structure rises up over bricks, forested with houses for worship, and enclosed by scaffolding. The top of the tower is crammed with synagogues, churches, temples and mosques all vying to be closer to heaven. Johnson’s drawings are fresh, dynamic, technically masterful and explosively energetic.

Kiel Johnson attended the University of Kansas where he received his BFA and later his MFA at California State University Long Beach. Johnson currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California and exhibits across the country. He has received numerous awards and honors including the Pollock-Krasner Grant, 2008; Durfee Foundation ARC Grant, 2007; and the CSULB Outstanding Creative Achievement Award, 2003. His work appears in several important public and private collections including the Steve Martin Collection, New York, NY; Todd Oldham, New York, NY; and Sprint World Headquarters, Kansas City, MO. 

Please feel free to contact the gallery if you have any questions or wish to receive more information on Kiel Johnson. Images from The Awesomist Tomorrow may be viewed on the gallery website:

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