Lot 116: Keith Johnson

Yuma Rocks
Archival pigment print
24 x 30 inches
Edition 5/10
Signed verso
Courtesy of the artist
Fair Market Value

Keith Johnson received his M.F.A. from Rhode Island School of Design, studying with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind. This followed study at the Visual Studies Workshop (VSW) with Nathan Lyons. After 10 years of teaching and acquiring an M.B.A., he moved to the business side of photography. He is now a sales consultant and is on the summer faculty at Penland School of Crafts, VSW, Maine Media Workshop, and Jackson Hole Art Association. Solo shows include CEPA Gallery, FotoFest, New England School of Photography, Panopticon Gallery, and Wall Space Gallery. Collections include George Eastman House and Center for Creative Photography. He is a recipient of two Connecticut Commission on the Arts Fellowships. Residencies include Light Work and Loomis Chaffee School. He lives in Hamden, CT, with Becky, his wife of almost 40 years. www.keithjohnsonphotographs.com

Grids, Typologies, Topologies, and the Extended Image. My new work is about extending the photographic document beyond the single print. I started doing work like this in the 1980s and it has shown up over the years. Extended imagery is similar to what a poet might do when combining paragraphs, or a filmmaker when splicing a film montage. Sometimes the involvement with an idea goes on to look at multiple facets; consider what Cubist painters accomplished early in the 20th Century. The viewer is given a bunch of ideas to be involved with; a narrative, time study or comparison creates a visual experience larger than the sum of individual parts.

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