Johnson’s work poses questions about the ways in which history is formed and the readability of contextually specific cultural signifiers today. The exhibition consists of a series of large-scale paintings on unstretched canvas that, suspended from the ceiling in the foyer of Kelvin Hall, variously frame and obscure one another.
Johnson’s paintings push into internal, visceral spaces and out to sweeping expanses. Scenes from classical mythology are taken, distorted and repurposed as a means to cast a critical eye upon contemporary social bonds and the legacies of colonialism.
Hung away from the walls, the backs of the paintings are also visible. They contain sketches and notes about their production as frontal image-spaces, becoming a metaphor for alternative accounts of history that persist as a foil to official versions.
Commissioned by Glasgow International in collaboration with Mary Mary.
Supported by Creative Victoria.
Fri 8 April – Mon 25 April
Mon – Wed, 10am – 6pm
Thurs, 10am – 8pm
Fri – Sat, 10am–5pm,
Sun, 12pm – 5pm
1445 Argyle Street,
Glasgow, G3 8AW
0141 276 8384
Subway: Kelvinhall (9 minute walk)
Rail: Exhibition Centre or Partick (both 15 minutes walk)
Assistance dogs are welcome