“PASSION AND STRUCTURE: JULIENNE JOHNSON, 2008 — 2014” opens October 14th at Metcalf Gallery at Taylor University curated by , prominent art critic Peter Frank. Featuring the work of Julienne Johnson, the solo exhibit is supported and funded by Roger and Naomi Muselman of Berne, Indiana.
A Los Angeles based artist, Johnson was born in Sandusky, Michigan, and has lived in many parts of the U.S., including Indiana, where she attended Taylor University. Here she studied art then went on to continue her studies at Art Center College of Design in Los Angeles.
Johnson has accomplished a great deal since leaving Art Center College of Design in 2009. She has shown internationally and in the United States and has participated in other University shows such as University of Southern California and University of Michigan. Her work is in permanent museum collections and permanent museum exhibitions, including: The Arab American National Museum, in Michigan and in Thailand, the Ratachadamnoen Museum in Krabi Province, and the Thaksin University Museum in Songkhla Province. In keeping up with her consistent pace, Johnson had already lined up extensive exhibits at the Fukuo Museum on Kyusha Island In Japan, followed by a show in Kyoto in 2015. She is also set to exhibit in Bombay and Thailand in 2016.
Johnson was recently part of the International Art X change, Thailand / USA 2014 exhibition. The event featured sixteen artists from the USA and was curated by Lydia Takeshita of LA ARTCORE Gallery in Little Toyko, and coordinated and hosted by Dr. Kamol Tassananchalee, a National Artist and curator from Thailand. “As guests of the government for two weeks, we were treated royally, while experiencing so much that tourists rarely would be privileged to experience,” explained Johnson.
“PASSION AND STRUCTURE: JULIENNE JOHNSON, 2008 — 2014” will feature eighteen artworks by the talented artist and will include mixed media paintings along with assemblage.
Peter Frank says it best…“Julienne Johnson has spent much of the last decade exploring her potential as an artist and exploring art’s potential for mindful expression. She seeks to make sense of an alienating world by finding the coherent in the inchoate and the ecstatic in the rational,”
Johnson will take her turn interviewing the famed critic himself for one of the upcoming events, The Role of the Critic in Shaping Culture. There will also be a poetry event, here Frank will read from his first published book of poems: The Travelogues. The week will include numerous lectures and a faculty reception. See Taylor University’s website for details.
Peter’s choice of work for the Taylor show was a surprise and frankly, it’s hard for me to imagine those particular pieces complimenting each other,” admitted Johnson. “Although I felt much like that with the first show that Lydia Takeshita curated for me at LA Artcore Gallery (Brewery location); and I really liked what Lydia did with my work. And it will be the same with “Structure and Passion.”
If you are near Upland, Indiana, don’t miss “PASSION AND STRUCTURE: JULIENNE JOHNSON, 2008 — 2014” featuring the art of Julienne Johnson. It opens October 14th, and will remain on view through November 7th, 2014 at Taylor University (236 West Reade Avenue, Upland, IN 46989-1001). For more info call 765-998-5322. For a full list of scheduled events taking place in conjunction with this exhibit, see Taylor University’s website.
To find out more about the art of Julienne Johnson, see http://www.juliennejohnson.com/