Additional information and images â€“ Matt Johnson taxteandspengemann.com
Representing gallery, various images, exhibition history and biographical information blumandpoe.com
Past exhibition information, press kit and additional information friezeartfair.com
Matt Johnsonâ€™s Breadface (2004), a painted, cast-plastic crust of bread containing bite holes portraying a crude face, was received with such acclaim and inspired so many associations that the artist seemed almost to have reinvented Proustâ€™s madeleine. Historical and pop-cultural references mingle in works such as Magic Eye (2006), an â€˜all-overâ€™ acrylic painting composed of minuscule fragments of Michelangeloâ€™s Creation of Adam (c. 1511) that merge into a whole if you stare at the canvas long enough, or in his PietÃ (2006), made out of cast-bronze silencers, exhaust pipes and wheel rims. Johnson shows what can be gleaned from the prosaic everyday, if you take time to look. initialaccess.co.uk
Matt Johnson rose to prominence with a small sculpture Breadface 2004 that was effectively adopted as a logo for a survey exhibition of recent sculpture from Los Angeles at the Hammer Museum at UCLA in 2005. It was cast in plastic and meticulously painted to look liked the crusty end of a loaf of bread with eyes and mouth crudely torn out of it to form the appearance of a face. Johnson is a sculptor unafraid to take on the great themes in a search to unearth some of the more fundamental sources of expression.