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Currents 123: Tamara Johnson

April 12 @ 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
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Dallas-based artist Tamara Johnson is known for her witty, hypernaturalistic sculptures depicting ubiquitous household objects, from colanders, hair clips and garden hoses to an array of buffet treats, brought together in improbable, incisive assemblages.

Her handcrafted objects are shaped from materials as varied as copper and concrete, and then they’re meticulously painted to fool and delight the eye. Their exquisite surfaces – sheathed in silver leaf, coated with enamel and brushed with diamond dust – both mask and accentuate their construction.

The installations of Johnson’s sculpted items – seemingly plucked from a rummage sale, kitchen drawer or backyard – are weighted with a surreal, disquieting intimacy, a result as much of their uncanny juxtaposition and position within a gallery space as their improbable solidity.

For Currents 123, the artist will present a new sculptural installation and video essay that explore the spaces in which familiar objects meet, permeate and merge with the unseen systems of the body. The sculptures will be grouped together to create a 21st-century play on the traditional still life, slyly responding to histories of painting and sculpture.

Using the visual language of horror B movies and experimental soundscapes, the accompanying video work in Galley 301 charts the slow obliteration of a female body as it dissolves into its surrounding environment.

Exploring personal memory and experience through a wide range of media and cultural touch points, Johnson’s new work transforms banal gestures into new forms of material meaning, deftly wrangling slippery notions of femininity, sensuality, vulnerability and humor.

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