Thursday, June 18, 2015

Chris Johanson

Chris Johanson  Abstract Art With Cosmic Narrative  2014  color print on paper  40" x 44"

I like Johanson's work and have for quite some time now. He weaves an interesting line between street art and the critical thinking that encompasses the fine art world. The work always has a simple quality and is not overly cleaver. He works primarily on paper or found wood not canvas so his work does not have a particular preciousness to it. They are always accessible and enjoyable for me to view.

The recent suite of prints produced at Paulson Bott Press in the Bay Area are exceptional in their execution. Using every possible method of intaglio printing at his disposal Johanson has created a well crafted body of work that is not overly reliant on the process of printmaking. However, he has taken full advantage of the process in a fresh and vibrant manner.

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