FOR Instance: the Art of Martin Johnson is organized by Ray Kass, Adjunct Curator of Southeastern American Art and will be on display at the Taubman Museum of Art in the Contemporary Gallery March 1 - August 23, 2014.
Featuring more than thirty works dating from 1972 to the present, FOR Instance: the Art of Martin Johnson presents a generous cross-section of the artist’s work. His intense and energetically charged pieces, created in both two and three dimensions, combine recycled found objects and shapes, densely woven patterns, text, and language games that improvise visual puns. They tempt the eye and the ear of the viewer to enter Johnson’s universe of pure free association. Johnson weaves words and patterns together in a compulsive manner that expresses a genuine kinship with outsider artists; yet his sophisticated approach to materials provides an often ironic and deliberate strategy that comments on the nuances of our consumer driven culture, injected with a dash of sly humor.Read More