Friday, April 24, 2009

When Artists Change

Calligraphic gesture is important to Eric Johnson and carries through from his early work in 2004, clear through to paintings for his current show at Heskin Contemporary. But as you can see, there's been a bit of a change in his oeuvre. My first encounter with his work was the painting on your right,( Windershift 2004, acrylic on canvas 30" x 30")* and I never thought of the word calligraphy in studying these early pieces; but definitely get the connection in his latest efforts. What a change four years can make. It's always fascinating and encouraging to watch artists who have headed in one direction, make a grand turn to head in yet another. He's quite focused in this new, somewhat scientific project, using a calligraphic parallelogram whose iterations imply movement and change. Visit his Website to see all the beautiful variations.

. The painting top left is from his '04 Artist-In-Residence, in which he's described as " . . a New York based abstract painter whose current work “investigates the versatility of the calligraphic gesture as a carrier of compound meaning, simultaneously referencing natural and psychological phenomena, . . . " **

Below are examples of his lastest works

*Image from Artists Space.

**Image and quote are from St Mary's College of Maryland Artist In Residence Page.

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