Altman Siegel at Art Basel Miami Beach
Shannon Ebner and Chris Johanson
Art Basel Miami Beach
December 4-8, 2013
Altman Siegel will present a curated two-person booth, featuring Shannon Ebner and Chris Johanson in the Nova section of Art Basel Miami Beach. Although both artists are fairly well known individually, their support and enthusiasm for each other’s work has never been formalized in an exhibition. The presentation at Art Basel Miami beach will feature Ebner’s new photographs, Johanson’s latest paintings and the first large-scale sculptural collaboration between the two artists.
While the Los Angeles based contemporaries work in different media and contrasting palettes, both practices are firmly rooted in the landscape of California, which figures largely in their compositions, and both explore the relationship between the individual and society and the systems of language and communication that facilitate human interaction.
Shannon Ebner’s black and white photographic and sculptural work explores the changing possibilities of poetic language. Ebner investigates the construct of communication through a series of depictions of found and constructed letters. Breaking language apart, Ebner addresses the intersection of the linguistic and symbolic.
Language plays a key role in Johanson’s work as well. Both his figurative work and the more recent abstractions are often accompanied by text. Johanson’s use of language is infused with an ironic sense of wit that often belies the depth of the spiritual discourse and kernels of truth he exposes. Addressing subjects like failure, loneliness, and sublime joy, Johanson blithely condenses complex ideas into simple forms. Chris Johanson’s paintings and sculpture also address the California landscape both directly in his streetscapes and depictions of urban life, and in the abstract “California consciousness” that infuses his colorful and eclectic work.
Chris Johanson’s film: Encinitas Realization, will be screened in conjunction with Art Basel’s Film ProgramFriday, December 6, 8pm at the New World Center.