An Artist Worms Into Some Nicely Dicey Sculptural Terrain: Matt Johnson
I was going to begin this by saying, "Here's a promising young artist who might otherwise pass under your radar." Then on March 21, that artist, Matt Johnson, threw me for a loop. A Times Sunday Styles section article titled "New Artist in Town" was all about Johnson and how "more than one collector asked to buy the entire show." As if that weren't enough, I was mentioned as someone who shook his hand at the opening. And we thought late-'90s hype was safely behind us.
This splashy and off-putting print debut aside, Johnson has a way of worming into some nicely dicey sculptural terrain. He makes idiosyncratic yet everyday-looking objects that stand out and simultaneously blend in. Formally, he works in a familiar if somewhat surrealistic mode between the material ingenuity of Tom Friedman and the pensive obsessiveness of his former teacher Charles Ray. Yet Johnson is very much his own artist. Read the entire article hereSource: