Josh Johnson

Artist Statement: 

I explore the connections I make between two environments, one at hand and the other remembered. As I go about my daily routines, I have encounters that give me pause. Particular objects, their placement, the spaces they occupy, and my body's relationship to these signifiers create an intersection of a remembered place and my current context. I tap into this brief merger of my present location and a memory, identifying objects as personal landmarks and a catalyst for construction.

I respond to materiality and draw upon my history of making to relate ideas. A snow shovel sliding around in the back of my car and stacks of polystyrene from past projects, the butting-together of commonplace subjects and familiar studio materials produce casual tensions and unexpected effects. I apply the traditional sculptural process of carving and the trades of a skilled laborer to low, often scrounged materials and synthesize them with aspects borrowed from assemblage and Minimalism. The resulting sculptures are a layering of associations, media, and subject matter that inhabit a landscape between ‘here’ and ‘there.’

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Arts + Literature Laboratory is located in Madison’s Schenk-Atwood neighborhood at 2021 Winnebago Street, Madison, Wisconsin 53704.

Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday 11am-3pm during exhibitions or by appointment. Please check the exhibitions calendar before planning your visit, as the gallery is closed between exhibitions and other schedule changes are posted here.


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