Matt Johnson Exhibited at The Saatchi Gallery

Matt Johnson
The Pianist (after Robert J. Lang) (2 views and 1 detail)


Blue tarp, paper, stainless steel

147x 340 x 198cm
Matt Johnson’s sculptures delightfully explore the paradox of visual forms through unorthodox and surprising materials. The Pianist (After Robert J. Lang) pays tribute to the American physicist and master origami artist who has astounded with his mathematically complex objects crafted from creased paper. Rendered life-sized, Johnson’s giant origami masterpiece is made from one 50 foot piece of tarp folded into the shape of a concert grand piano and player, humorously honouring genius with floppy monumentality. Johnson’s choice of blue wrapping is a clever reference to Yves Klein – whose signature International Klein Blue (also a scientific marvel) is synonymous with sublimation and glamour – theatrically elevating his wonky musician to iconic design status.
Matt Johnson
Malus Sieversii


Carved maple and acrylic paint

9.5 x 7 x 7 cm
Titled after the very first species of apple from which all other ‘forbidden fruit’ has evolved, Johnson’s Malus Sieversii is a life sized wooden carving of the fruit most associated with computers and record labels. Within its mostly eaten flesh, Johnson’s etched a miniature Escher-esque staircase, winding endlessly up and down the core. Drawing on both religious and scientific references, Johnson’s hand-crafted emblem of original sin humbly poses as a microcosm of sublime wonder and contemplation.

Matt Johnson's Biography

Matt Johnson
Born, New York

Lives and works in Los Angeles


Blum & Poe, Los Angeles

Taxter & Spengemann, New York

Taxter & Spengemann, New York


All About Laughter, Mori Art Museum, Tokyo
Makers and Modelers, Gladstone Gallery, New York
Sculptors' Drawings: Ideas, Studies, Sketches, Proposals, and More, Angles Gallery, Santa Monica
Time Difference, The Frank Cohen Collection, Initial Access Gallery, Wolverhampton, UK

Clarissa Dalrymple’s Exhibition of Young Artists to Benefit the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Bortolami Dayan, New York
Uncertain States of America - American Art in the 3rd Millennium, Serpentine Gallery London and Bard College, New York curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans Ulrich Obrist and Daniel Birnbaum of the Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo, Norway
The World is Round, The Public Art Fund, Metro Tech Center, Brooklyn

Uncertain States of America, Astrup Fearnley Museum of Modern Art, Oslo curated by Gunnar B. Kvaran, Hans Ulrich Obrist, and Daniel Birnbaum
Sutton Lane in Paris, Sutton Lane C/o Galerie Ghisloine Hussenot, Paris
Thing, curated by James Elaine, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles

Magic Show, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles
Mystery Achievement, Taxter & Spengemann, New York
Drunk vs. Stoned, curated by General Store and Emily Speers Mears, Gavin Brown’s Passerby, New York
Nature Study: A selection of artists from New York and Los Angeles, curated by Sarah Vanderlip, California State University, Bakersfield

Another Sculpture Show, Angstrom Gallery, Dallas
Buy Contortions, Taxter & Spengemann, New York
Threedimetrical, Happy Lion, Los Angeles
California Welcomes You, curated by Pascal Spengemann for Scope, Los Angeles
Ordinary Uncan, curated by Pascal Spengemann for Scope, New York
Group show curated by Clarissa Dalrymple, Grant Selwyn Fine Art, Beverly Hills

Four Times One Minus One, Hayworth Gallery, Los Angeles
Group show curated by Giancinto Di Pietrantonio and Angela Vettese, Fondazione Ratti, Como, Italy
Nanotechnology, curated by Nick Barna, The Whole Gallery, Baltimore
Everything Everywhere, curated by Nick Barna, The H. Lewis Gallery, Baltimore