Aaron Johnson

Other Earths


Brussels

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  • , Ornithologist, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    48.3 x 38.1 cm
    19 x 15 in
  • , Earth Rise, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    48.3 x 38.1 cm
    19 x 15 in
  • , Conjunction, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    48.3 x 38.1 cm
    19 x 15 in
  • , Bluebird Bluebird Bluebird Joy Joy Joy, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    48.3 x 38.1 cm
    19 x 15 in
  • , Sky Rise with Hawk Flight, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    137.2 x 167.6 cm
    54 x 66 in
  • , Sky Blaze with Two Hawks, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    137.2 x 167.6 cm
    54 x 66 in
  • , Other Earths, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    275 x 366 cm
    108 1/4 x 144 1/8 in
  • , In the Lion’s Den, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    167.6 x 137.2 cm
    66 x 54 in
  • , Interplanetary, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    167.6 x 137.2 cm
    66 x 54 in
  • , Touching Souls, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    71.1 x 55.9 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , Two Earths, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    71.1 x 55.9 cm
    28 x 22 in
  • , And Sometimes Birds, 2021
    Acrylic on canvas
    71.1 x 55.9 cm
    28 x 22 in

Press release

Almine Rech Brussels is pleased to present Other Earths, Aaron Johnson's first solo exhibition at the gallery.

Allegory, the grotesque, humor and esotericism animate the paintings of New York-based artist Aaron Johnson, whose new body of work oscillates between genre painting, portraiture and landscape painting. Other Earths consists of five large canvases and a set of small, brightly colored works populated by a host of imaginary characters and monstrous figures.

The luminous, fluid and heterogeneous nature of Johnson's oeuvre is owed above all to a singular creative process. He inherited this practice from Color Field stain painting, pioneered by Helen Frankenthaler and continued by Morris Louis, emblematic artists of American Abstract Expressionism. The artist first spreads his blank canvases out on the floor of his studio, paints a few motifs, and lets highly diluted liquid paint spill out in various shades; then, he lets the laws of chemistry and physics do their work. Thus begins Johnson’s work of improvisation, which centers on immediacy and letting go. His choices and gestures respond to the random movement of the diluted matter and its unpredictable accidents, prolonging them. He adapts the composition over successive mutations and gradations, with motifs and figures appearing and disappearing.

- Charles Barachon 



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