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Eric Johnson
Untitled Triptych

1992

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Eric Johnson creates enigmatic and sensual abstract sculptures that are constructed with pigment, wood and resin. Johnson’s work seamlessly unites two traditions of Southern California art - the sleek and sexy aesthetic of the Finish Fetish movement and the organic and elegant tradition of woodworking. His handcrafted pieces are sheathed in resin skins, which often reveal glimpses of the wooden architectures encased within. Endlessly fascinated by physics and science, Johnson’s references range from cosmology and astrophysics to the human form. Johnson’s work is deeply personal - in addition to drawing inspiration from his ancestral boat-building heritage (which is Norwegian, Scottish and Cree Native American) - these skeletal forms are also inspired by a severe neck injury, and the resulting pain, that Johnson suffered early in his career. His father was one of California’s premiere experts in auto body restoration, and Johnson skillfully incorporates tools from this industry to craft his sculptures. This notion of memory and both personal and shared histories is essential to Johnson’s practice. Medium: composite, wood, enamel

Details

  • Creator
    Eric Johnson (1949, American)
  • Creation Year
    1992
  • Dimensions
    Height: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Width: 120 in. (304.8 cm)Depth: 16 in. (40.64 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Santa Monica, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU4782117233

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About the Artist

Eric Johnson

Inspired by both art and science, Eric Johnson creates composite works of pigment, wood and resin that reference a kinship with other artists: to the sensuality of Brancusi, the architectural vigor of Bontecou and the works of DeLap. These handcrafted abstract works are often sheathed in resin skins, often revealing glimpses of skeletal armatures and hidden architectures.

In reflection, Johnson’s structural forms are influenced by a severe neck injury and dealing with intense spinal pain. Other influences have been the aerospace industry and ancestral boat builder heritage. Initially the constructs were a time capsule of the artifacts within, hiding their “bones” under a “skin.” Over time, the structures have become organic and revealing to their formation. The current work merges the passion for depth and structure with an obsession for color and surface.

Johnson has spent decades working with polyester resin. Like many artists of his generation, Johnson embraced the hot-rod culture of Southern California. As often was the case for many artists working in the 1970s, industrial products found their way into Johnson’s early studio practice and have remained there ever since. “I’ve translated all that automotive knowledge into making my artwork,” he says. “I use the full array of auto tools and pigments.”

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(Biography provided by William Turner Gallery)

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