76 Grand Street
Deitch Projects presented Now is Now, a collection of individual pieces by Chris Johanson that were actually one piece that was part of his whole piece that was one continuous document about life. Johanson explained that he liked to look at the little pictures in life as well as the big picture. A smile was just as important to him as a cosmic question about the nature of god.
Now is Now was about how money shapes peace, how we are a part of the negative force of money, how history repeats itself, how greed human/animal energy can destroy, how important religion is for some, how looking out for the needy and insecure and lonely people and animals is important, how people screw up other peoples lives, how the sun is the main reason why we exist, how the sunlight of the spirit is the main positive force in life.
Asked about the motivation behind his art, Johanson responded that "life is about looking at and being a part of life. We need to be a part of each other. If we separate we are alone. That is a world of walking dead people. That is why I make art, to talk about how important it is to stay in the now and look at life." Johanson believed that life was a series of actions and projects. That is why he makes many things in many media: painting, sculpture, installation, film, video, music, writing, bands. He likes to collaborate with friends and strangers.
Writing about Johanson's work, Carlo McCormick explained the artist's efforts to "locate the self within the social," and how he sought to answer the most personal question, "How do I fit in?" He described how Johanson "dumpster-dives through the detritus of the modern world, transforming all manner of refuse into aesthetically recycled speculations on our past, present, and future.”
March 8 - 11, 2018
We will present a special solo project by the artist JR.
Image: JR, Migrants, Walking New York City, 2015
April - May 2018
18 Wooster Street
76 Grand Street
New York, NY 10013
Monday – Friday
10 AM – 6 PM
Tuesday – Saturday
Noon – 6 PM
The gallery reopens with People in April 2018.
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