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Chris Johanson

American, b. 1968

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Chris Johanson

American, b. 1968

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Biography

Chris Johanson’s wildly colorful artistic productions are musings on phenomena in contemporary life—including the psychological perils of consumerism, cult spirituality, and self-help. Johanson’s career stems from his early activities in the Northern California punk scene, in which he produced ephemera, posters, and zines. Johanson’s oeuvre now includes paintings, drawings, installation, and sculpture. His early style was characterized by its raw humor, cartoon-like aesthetic, and incorporation of reclaimed materials, like wood and paper from dumpsters and construction sites. In later works, Johanson has used more simplified forms, abstract forms and conceptual themes.

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MOCA Los Angeles, and 1 more
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
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Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
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Artforum, and 2 more
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Istanbul Biennial, and 1 more
Biography

Chris Johanson’s wildly colorful artistic productions are musings on phenomena in contemporary life—including the psychological perils of consumerism, cult spirituality, and self-help. Johanson’s career stems from his early activities in the Northern California punk scene, in which he produced ephemera, posters, and zines. Johanson’s oeuvre now includes paintings, drawings, installation, and sculpture. His early style was characterized by its raw humor, cartoon-like aesthetic, and incorporation of reclaimed materials, like wood and paper from dumpsters and construction sites. In later works, Johanson has used more simplified forms, abstract forms and conceptual themes.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Established
Established representation
Represented by industry leading galleries.
User
Solo show at a major institution
MOCA Los Angeles, and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 3 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA)
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 2 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Istanbul Biennial, and 1 more
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Articles Featuring Chris Johanson
“Mission School” artist Chris Johanson Captures California’s Singular Ethos
Jul 24th, 2015
“Mission School” artist Chris Johanson Captures California’s Singular Ethos
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