Tom Johnson

Apr 15, 2009 - Apr 26, 2009

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Tom Johnson, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009.

Tom Johnson, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009.

 

Tom Johnson, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009.Tom Johnson, The Front Room, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, 2009.  

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An American artist living in Turin, Tom Johnson produces sculptures, video monologues, and live performances. His introspective artworks explore ideas of intimacy, etiquette, shared public space and the terms of social interaction. He presents a new series of drawings in the Front Room. 

In his most recent series of drawings Johnson has undertaken a new effort. If we imagine, for a moment, that any artwork is a type of proposal, Johnson’s earlier works have tended to propose frustration, anger, and a utopian belief that it might be possible to pierce the veil and live more authentically. By contrast, his new drawings are less dramatic and more theatrical. Their conscious theatricality consists of a meditation on how to present drama with the use of scenery, ornament, and vague surrealism. Protected by the stage-curtain of theater, Johnson’s work has become more private and guarded; as such, he proposes, it has become more natural.

 

 

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General support for the Contemporary’s exhibitions program is generously provided by the Whitaker Foundation; The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts; William E. Weiss Foundation; Regional Arts Commission; Missouri Arts Council, a state agency; Arts and Education Council; Nancy Reynolds and Dwyer Brown; and members of the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.