Von Lintel Gallery is pleased to present an exhibition of works by Kysa Johnson. This is the artist’s first solo show with the gallery and her first in the city of Los Angeles.
Kysa Johnson’s artistic practice is grounded in the language of microscopic systems to describe the phenomena of our reality. The Long Goodbye is an ongoing series of notable sky objects like the Sagittarius Star Cloud and the Orion Nebula represented by subatomic decay patterns - or scientific play-by-plays of unstable particles morphing into stable ones. Johnson coopts these patters as mark-making vehicles. Thus, the life cycles of minuscule particles express the life cycles of astronomical landscapes measuring light years across. By interweaving extremities of scale into single compositions, Johnson underscores transformation as a universal thematic.
A group of paintings from The Long Goodbye serve as a primer for a site-specie installation centered around gold as a material, foundation of economic systems: and a catalyst both for exploration and for exploitation. It is theorized gold is created through the collision of neutron stars and delivered to Earth via asteroid impacts. A 24-foot chalkboard drawing illustrates gold’s galactic origins and supports a suite of glossed panels and a pyramid of gold bars exploring neutron stars; appropriately borne of an explosion and collapse.
“Concerned with the extremities of perception-the telescopic and, especially, the microscopic - Kysa Johnson’s appealing brand of conceptual painting and drawing evokes the structural poetry at the very base of things.
—Jeffrey Kastner, Artforum
Kysa Johnson was born in Illinois in 1974 and received a BFA in Painting from Glasgow School of Art, Scotland. Solo exhibitions at public institutions include The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Roebling Hall Gallery, New York, NY; National Academy of Science, Washington DC; and The Nicolaysen Art Museum, Casper, WY. Johnson has created site-specific installations for Halsey McKay Gallery in East Hampton; and Dublin Contemporary, Ireland. She is an NYFA Fellow and a Pollock-Krasner Grant recipient.
The artist lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.
For additional information or visual material, please contact the gallery at (310) 559-5700 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.