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Alan Bur Johnson, Echolocation 5

Alan Bur Johnson, Echolocation 5 (2010), photographic transparencies, metal frames, dissection pins [Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle WA, Oct 14-Nov 26]

Alan Bur Johnson: Order of Species

Catherine Person Gallery
Seattle WA – Oct 14-Nov 26, 2010

Alan Bur Johnson, Invertebrate (Splice)

Alan Bur Johnson, Invertebrate (Splice) (2010), photographic transparencies, metal frames, dissection pins [Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle WA, Oct 14-Nov 26]

Alan Bur Johnson, Pollinium

Alan Bur Johnson, Pollinium (2010), photographic transparencies, metal frames, dissection pins [Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle WA, Oct 14-Nov 26]

Alan Bur Johnson, Pneuma 10

Alan Bur Johnson, Pneuma 10 (2010), photographic transparencies, metal frames, dissection pins [Catherine Person Gallery, Seattle WA, Oct 14-Nov 26]

Alan Bur Johnson's multidisciplinary works reflect an awareness of the pulse of living cycles and the fleeting nature of natural occurrences. His approach is informed by extensive education in the biological sciences. The Arizona-based artist was raised in the Pacific Northwest, where he received his BFA in printmaking from the University of Washington in 1990.

The current exhibition features three different bodies of work: Swarms, In•vertebrates, and Grafts. Swarms includes several ambitious sculptural installations comprised of a multitude of photographic transparencies set into circular metal frames. Johnson has arranged the delicate images of such natural objects as magnified insect wings and aged blossoms in multiple layers.

The In•vertebrates series is created from salvaged brass optometry plates that have been photo-etched with imagery. Individual plates are reassembled in vertebrae-like patterns that reference the endoskeleton. Like Swarms, the elegant works are wall-mounted with dissection pins in compositions that suggest the physicality of motion and a fragmented perception of time.

Grafts is a series of hand-burnished transfer prints on Okawara paper. Here Johnson also creates elusive spine-like images using restructured photographs of the insect known as a walking stick. The imagery is enlarged to human scale and presented in stark compositions. The ethereal prints feel temporal, weightless, and organic. In all three bodies of work Johnson's pieces address the physical while capturing transience, implying a relationship between the spiritual and the corporeal.

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Allyn Cantor


 Thu, Nov 4, 2010