dROWn | Mark Johnson
@ ArtUs Co Gallery, 10,000 Research Blvd, #118
Opening Reception: Friday, February 29, 7-10p
On View: February 29 - March 29, 2020
Open: Monday - Saturday 11-7, Sundays 12-6
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Pump Project Presents is pleased to present dROWn, an exhibition of mixed media works by Mark Johnson. These works are part of a continuing series that tracks Johnson's navigation through transitions in life, career, family and aging. His intensely personal works contain fragments of words, images and symbols, but the complete narrative is a puzzle. When exploring the clues inside each work, viewers can piece together their own personal versions of Johnson's stories of change, loss, power, fear and love. The exhibition title, dROWn, is a play on words, and a piece of the puzzle itself. The word "ROW", a word that reminds us to move forward and to keep going is nested inside the word "drown", a word that implies ultimate consumption and defeat. With concepts like this embedded throughout his work, Johnson compels viewers to consider urgency of action and the necessity to move forward as a way to combat the negative aspects of life.
About Mark Johnson
Mark Johnson was born in Xenia, Ohio in 1979. He works predominantly in painting but includes video and performance in his installations. Johnson completed a BFA in Painting from Savannah College of Art and Design in 2001. Johnson splits his time between Austin, Marfa, New Orleans and New York.
About ArtUs Co
Artus Co is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization dedicated to providing space and resources to enrich our community’s creative ecosystem. Access to resources is vital to the process of collaboration and creativity. Our focus is on emerging and established artists in the greater Austin area. We are currently located at The Arboretum in a spectacular 9000 SF space with an incredible gallery, and currently hosting the works of over 90+ artists and makers in the Artus Co Pop Up Shop.
About Pump Project Presents
Pump Project Presents, a sponsored project of Artus Co(a 501c3 nonprofit), is focused on bringing artists together to work, experiment and exhibit, actively enriching the community through new ideas, innovative projects and the creative spirit.