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Matthew Franklin Johnson

 (born 1963)
Matthew Franklin Johnson is active/lives in Australia.  Matthew Johnson is known for geometric grid painting.

Matthew Franklin Johnson

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Renowned for his wry marriages of everyday subjects with raw physical matter, Matt Johnson creates sculptures which explore the paradox of visual forms through unorthodox and surprising materials. Whether rendering concentric Hula Hoops in steel to resemble nuclear diagrams or plastic beer cups in painted bronze, Johnson’s sculptures point not only to the gestural potential of consumer experience, but to the primitive connection humans have with materiality.

Recently focusing on wood carvings of crumpled objects of refuse, Johnson’s painstaking renderings of crushed boxes, broken Styrofoam pads, and smashed plastic present tossed-off remnants of everyday life as sublime formalism.

Johnson has exhibited widely in such international venues as: The Hammer Museum, Los Angeles (2005, 2009); The Mori Art Museum, Tokyo (2007); The Saatchi Gallery, London (2009); the Hydra Workshop, Hydra, Greece (2011).

His site-specific work Untitled (Swan) was unveiled as part of Wanderlust, a group exhibition installed along New York’s Highline in 2016. Born in New York, Johnson currently lives and works in Los Angeles.
Wood Sculpture, 303 Gallery, New York, NY

Wanderlust, High Line Public Project, New York, NY
Phoenix Rising: The Valley Collects, Phoenix Art Museum, Phoenix, AZ

Lautner Beams, Pacific Design Center, CA

Blum & Poe, Los Angeles, CA

Lifelike, New Orleans Museum of Art, New Orleans, LA;
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA;
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas, Austin, TX

Funny, FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY
Lifelike, Walker Museum of Art, Minneapolis, MN and New Orleans Museum of Art, LA
Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA;
Blanton Museum of Art, University of Texas at Austin, TX

Abstract America, Saatchi Gallery, London, UK
Second Nature: Valentine-Adelson Collection, UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA

Uncertain States of America: American Art in the 3rd Millennium, Astrup Fearnley, Oslo, Norway;
traveled to Bard College, New York, NY; 
Serpentine Gallery, London, UK;
Reykjavik Art Museum, Reykjavik, Iceland
Ekebergparken Sculpture Park, Oslo, Norway
Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Pérez Art Museum Miami, Miami, FL
The Astrup Fearnley Museum of Art, Oslo, Norway
Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

Website of 303 Gallery, Feb. 2019

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About  Matthew Franklin Johnson

Born:  1963
Known for:  geometric grid painting