Works in Los Angeles (USA)
Kysa Johnson’s drawings, paintings and installations explore patterns in nature that exist at the extremes of scale. Using the shapes of subatomic decay patterns, maps of the universe or the molecular structure of pollutants or of diseases and cures – in short, microscopic or macroscopic “landscapes” – it depicts a physical reality that is invisible to the naked eye. Often these micro patterns are built up to form compositions that relate to them conceptually.
Glasgow School of Art
She has exhibited at, among other venues, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, The Tang Museum, The DeCordova Museum, Dublin Contemporary, The Nicolaysen Museum, The Katonah Museum of Art, The Hudson River Museum, The 2nd Biennial of the Canary Islands, The National Academy of Science, Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Von Lintel Gallery, and Halsey McKay. Her work has been written about extensively including in Art Forum, The New York Times, Interview Magazine, and The San Francisco Chronicle. Her work is included in many public collections including MIT, Microsoft, Google, The Progressive Collection, Deutsche Bank, and Credit Suisse. She is a NYFA fellow as well as a Pollock Krasner Grant and Emmy Sachs Prize recipient.
Nancy Littlejohn Fine Art (Houston), Morgan Lehman Gallery (New York)
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
The two pieces for AOAP are from The Long Goodbye series which uses the marks of subatomic decay patterns as a visual alphabet to create compositions based on Hubble Space Telescope imagery of the life cycle of stars. Pairing these two iterations of the same process of birth, transformation, decay and regeneration highlights the basic similarity of processes across scale, the inevitability of change and the demise of the status quo whether measured in nano-seconds or millennia.
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