Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Fredric Snitzer Gallery

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Miami, FL 33132
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Kelley Johnson: Windows, Planes, Screens, and Veil

Kelley Johnson: Windows, Planes, Screens, and Veil

February 28—May 23, 2020

Kelley Johnson’s work is process driven, built upon gradually by repeating lines and geometric shapes. This repetition gives way to a structural language, which then allows room for intuitive, meditative painting. Using the grid as an underlying structural guide, Kelley works to build layers of space held together by armatures, functioning like planes which interact with one another. Windows, planes, screens and veils all act as framing devices in a system of spatial observation. True to the core purpose of a grid – to separate fluid space into individual units, while also maintaining an operational whole – the framing devices in these paintings obstruct one from viewing a single plane in its entirety, while also functioning as the uniting element visually, physically, and conceptually.
Visual references range from hard edge painting, architectural structures, and stained glass windows, to tribal/religious patterns and textiles. Using loose interpretations of these patterns, the work evokes a collage of distilled information all vying for attention. These competing elements of form and reference imbue the paintings with tension; focal points shift back and forth from one “level” to another. This tension is experienced as vibrations between spaces, causing the paintings to pulsate, breath, expand, and contract. These subtle vibrations attune the viewer to conversations between two and three dimensional space, and visual and physical perception. Color, light and form both flatten and expand the experience of time and meaning. This optical interaction helps to establish how the space oscillates in the image, bringing its viewer in and out of consciousness through hypnotic and meditative experiences.
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Kelley Johnson: Windows, Planes, Screens, and Veil
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Kelley Johnson: Windows, Planes, Screens, and Veil
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Kelley Johnson: Windows, Planes, Screens, and Veil
Experienced physically, optically, and emotionally, our understanding of space and time can be as layered and shifting as the forms within the paintings themselves. Our perception of “reality” is fragile – subject to manipulation by external forces. The constant redirection of focus in the paintings addresses the onslaught of distractions experienced in a digitally driven world. Our virtual reality creates new vantage points that compete for our attention, filling our daily lives with the same tension between real and fabricated as set forth by the paintings. In the end the work functions as a build up of guided structures that unfold visually, enacting a play between fiction and reality, tangible and intangible, past, present, and future. The viewer is at once lost in the patterns that filter in and out of our consciousness, and also completely attuned to these ever present vibrations between time and space.
Kelley was born in 1973 in Houston, Texas and grew up in St.Louis, Missouri. He received an MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from Parson School of Design. Growing up in the midwest, Kelley began working in construction at a young age, using materials commonly found in wood framed houses. He was influenced by the idea of framing and applies it to his structures and spaces. Kelley has been professionally working in the field of painting and installation for over 20 years. His work has been featured in publications such as The Miami Herald, Art Net, Art Zealous, New American Paintings, Miami Rail and others. He has had shows locally at the Art and Culture Center of Hollywood, David Castillo Gallery, Mindy Solomon Gallery and The Fountainhead Residency. He currently lives and works in Miami, Florida.
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Kelley Johnson: Windows, Planes, Screens, and Veil
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assume vivid astro focus: always vacationing among flamingos

assume vivid astro focus: always vacationing among flamingos

April 18—May 23, 2020

The selection of paintings included within this presentation highlights avaf’s dynamic approach to painting over a span of time – from their earliest paintings that bridge the gap between figuration and abstraction with minimized color palletes to paintings focused solely on abstraction with various manipulations of medium and surface. This transition into pure abstraction also marks a moment where the artist begins pulling imagery from past projects. Zooming in on a previous installation covered with wallpaper, the compositions are pulled from within an abstraction to create an infinite amount of new abstractions, each pulling different details within the overall scheme. This formula of producing new compositions has informed all of the newest paintings; the most recent paintings are painted on corrugated cardboard panels.
The Installation also features two woven tapestries, one which the artist refers to as a “dancing rug”. The “dancing rug” has a shamanic, ritualistic choreography inspired by the Andean region and produced in Lima, Peru. Made of dyed alpaca wool, these woven rugs are another version of the corrugated paintings composed of similar motifs and palettes. The “dancing rug” becomes the focal point of the presentation, suspended and spinning in different rotations, creating a wind-like effect in the center of the space.
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assume vivid astro focus: always vacationing among flamingos
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assume vivid astro focus: always vacationing among flamingos
assume vivid astro focus was founded by Eli Sudbrack (b. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 1968) in 2001. Sudbrack began working with Christophe Hamaide Pierson (b. Paris, 1973) in 2005 as a duo that often morphs into a collective, depending on the different projects they are involved in. avaf works in a vast array of media, including painting, drawing, installations, video, sculpture, neons, wallpaper, decals, and often confronts gender, politics, and embedded cultural codes through pop imagery and neon colors.
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assume vivid astro focus: always vacationing among flamingos

Personal expression and a lust for life are prominently emphasized in projects that are simultaneously rooted in politics of free speech, civil rights, classifications of class, gender and national identity. Infused by pop culture and political references, avaf is influenced by multiple sources and visual traits from art, culture, politics, sociology, fashion and music, creating stunning and visually explosive mash-ups of transformed and re-contextualized references. avaf operates with a hedonistic spirit, and engages in frequent collaborations with musicians, designers, dancers and other artists, challenging conventional assumptions about authorship and the role of the artist’s persona in society and the contemporary art world with their core beliefs as foundation: “share, generosity, contaminate, be contaminated, devour, be devoured, travel and spread.”

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assume vivid astro focus: always vacationing among flamingos
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assume vivid astro focus: always vacationing among flamingos
avaf has also been the subject of major exhibitions and public art projects around the world. These include Mario Testino Museum (MATE) Lima, Peru (2017); Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA), Santa Barbara, USA (2016); Sammlung Goetz, Munich, Germany (2016); Contemporary Arts Center, Cincinnati, USA (2015); The Faena Art Center, Buenos Aires, Argentina (2014); Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), North Miami, USA (2013); The National Museum of Art, Architecture and Design, Oslo, Norway (2009); São Paulo Bienal, São Paulo, Brazil (2008); Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, USA (2008); Museum of Contemporary Art (MOT), Tokyo, Japan (2007); 1st Athens Biennale, Athens, Greece (2007); The Geffen Contemporary (MoCA), Los Angeles, USA (2005); The Whitney Biennial, New York, USA (2004); among others. 

About Fredric Snitzer Gallery

Founded in 1977, Fredric Snitzer Gallery is running strong as a leader in the contemporary art market in Miami. Committed to presenting work across all media including painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, photography, and performance from a diverse range of contemporary artists, the gallery has maintained a rigorous exhibition schedule that features at least eight rotating exhibitions by its artists each year.

Fredric Snitzer was one of the early champions of contemporary Latin American art in the United States. The gallery is known in leading the way with Cuban artists exhibitions early on, noteworthy was the Cuban rafters exhibition “They would rather die” in the 80’s. Avant-garde Cuban artists in particular continue to have a strong presence in the gallery’s roster. The gallery has also launched international careers for emerging Miami artists, such as Hernan Bas. Important Miami based artists are significant to the gallery’s roster, as well as New York artists- Alice Aycock, Alan Sonfist, Los Angeles artists-Jon Pylypchuk, Alexander Kroll, Iva Gueorguieva, Kenny Scharf and Cuban based artists, Alexander Arrechea (former member of Los Carpinteros), and Cuba’s National Fine Arts Award winner Lazaro Saavedra.