Lonnie Holley, ‘Learning CTM Energy ’, 2017, Paulson Fontaine Press

About Lonnie Holley

Lonnie Holley is a man of many myths and talents. Born in Jim Crow-era Birmingham, Alabama, as the seventh of 27 children, Holley traveled across the South and held a wide array of jobs (grave digger, cotton picker, and short-order cook at Disney World) before making his first artwork at the age of 29. Self taught, he started carving sculptures from sandstone and then settled on his preferred material: found objects. Holley has made totemic sculptures from items such as steel scrap, plastic flowers, melted televisions, defunct machines, and crosses. His work has been collected by several museums, including the Birmingham Museum of Art and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Recently, Holley has also gained recognition for his music, and he has collaborated with the indie-rock bands Dirty Projectors and Animal Collective.

American, b. 1950, Birmingham, Alabama, based in Birmingham, Alabama

About Chris Johanson

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.

American, b. 1968, San Jose, California, based in Los Angeles, California

Solo Shows

2016
The Conversation, 
Berlin,
Chris Johanson: Imperfect Reality with Figures and Challenging Abstraction

Group Shows

2015
Chandran Gallery, 
San Francisco,
Waves for Water Benefit Auction
2014
The Suzanne Geiss Company, 
New York,
2009
206 Rivington St, 
New York, NY, USA,
Artists who say Nice Things with Type
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