DIMENSIONS 30 x 23 in (76.20 x 58.42 cm) MEDIUM Acrylic, 11 color silkscreen on 850gsm Arches cold press watercolor paper
Hand-Finished Series of 26 + 2APs +2PPs + 1 BAT, 2022
Signed and numbered by the artist on front
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ABOUT THE WORK
Dream Weaver presents a new and innovative approach to printmaking, closely simulating Aaron Johnson’s painting process. Step one in this edition, each paper was hand painted first, using free-flowing strokes of highly liquid acrylic paint. The fluidity of the paint results in unpredictable spontaneous bleeds and blurs as the paint stains the paper. Next, an 11-color silkscreen process was applied to the painted papers, creating hard-edged graphic forms to contrast the atmospheric stains. Finally, the prints were hand finished by Johnson in his studio, giving some unique painterly touches, such as knuckles and hair texture. Each print in this edition is singular in the fluidity of the stained paper and the hand-embellished details.
“In my painting process I’m fascinated by the natural flow of paint, and the loose atmospheric blurs and bleeds that can result. I seek a dynamic contrast by applying hard edged stripes and minimal forms on top of the spontaneous washes. They start as color field abstractions, which then spark the potential for some figurative or narrative action to occur. My idea for this print was to capture those steps in a sequence that starts with the hand painted flow, followed by the sharp and precise screen printing process, and finished off with painterly details. The end result feels like something between a painting and a print, or a hybrid.”
Aaron Johnson lives and works in Brooklyn, and holds an MFA from Hunter College, NYC, 2005. His work is in permanent collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; The Weisman Foundation, Los Angeles; and Coleccion Solo, Madrid. His work has been included in museum exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, Mass MoCA, and The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art. His work has been exhibited at prominent galleries internationally, including Almine Rech, Brussels and Shanghai; Ross + Kramer Gallery, NY; Stux Gallery, NY; Marlborough Gallery, NY; Over The Influence, LA; AishoNanzuka, Hong Kong; Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen; and Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo. He is the recipient of awards including The MacDowell Colony Fellowship, The Yaddo residency, and The Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program residency. Johnson's work has been reviewed in numerous publications, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, The Village Voice, Art News, and ArtForum, and Vice.
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