Opening reception: Saturday, October 25, from 7-10pm
Show runs until, Sunday, November 23, 2008
Closing reception: Saturday, November 22, 7-10pm
Stacie Johnson’s paintings are clean, precise, and beautiful to look at. Working in a realm somewhere between abstraction and figuration she paints portraits of personal spaces. She arranges objects and symbols so they live harmoniously, bringing positive energy to those depicted in and looking at the paintings. She creates maquettes to paint from using objects taken directly from the space and creating intuitive symbols that have reflective and performative power.
These set ups are amazing on their own. Functioning not only as a point of reference for a two dimensional composition, but as an unique piece of installation sculpture. She strings ribbon from the ceiling to the walls to the floor, breaking the plane. Cinder blocks and milk crates are stacked, and cradle personal objects. Living plants are suspended and delicately placed— all of this is a wonderful exploration of materials and composition.
In mini dutch’s new show, Mise-en-scène, Johnson will be responding directly to mini dutch making site-specific paintings. She has taken on the themes of the gallery, named after a breed of rabbit, and acquired information such as the birth date of the space and of its occupants to find out astrological signs. Based on this information, Johnson will set up a series of maquettes in the gallery. She will be working from this installation of props during the course of the show, and for the closing reception the installation will be replaced with paintings. This is an opportunity to view Johnson’s complete process: from maquette to painting that would otherwise only be available during a studio visit.
Stacie Johnson is an active participate in the Chicago alternative scene, having had solo shows at Old Gold and threewalls. She currently teaches a painting class at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has appeared in NY Arts Magazine, New American Paintings and she was named one of Newcity’s one to watch in 2008.