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Doug Johnston
4K, NY
Neighborhood: Kensington



ARTIST STATEMENT: Since 2010 Doug Johnston has focused on a process of coiling and stitching rope into a variety of functional and sculptural objects. The technique is a modernized version of the ancient craft of coiling, used in ceramics and basketry to create vessels of all shapes and sizes. Often working improvisationally, he draws from his background in architecture and music, exploring the spatial and formal possibilities of material manipulation. Johnston likes to think of his sewing machine as a 3D printer; the pieces he makes are informed by the additive processes of digital rapid prototyping while welcoming the feedback and natural glitches inherent to hand-forming and analog material manipulation. Johnston's work includes art, design, architecture and music, utilizing and exploring a variety of mediums and methods such as installation, fiber art, sculpture, photography, and collaborative performance. His work has been presented in numerous exhibitions around the United States and in online and print journals; an ongoing line of coiled and stitched rope pieces is available in boutiques and galleries around the world. After graduating from Drury University with undergraduate degrees in Architecture and Studio Art, Doug later earned a Master of Architecture Degree from Cranbrook Academy of Art. He has served as a guest critic and lecturer at several universities. His professional experience includes architecture, teaching, and architectural metal fabrication. Currently Doug works with his wife, Tomoe Matsuoka, in their Brooklyn studio.
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Ethnobotany: an artists' study of plants

September-05-2014 – October-12-2014

The Seymour Botanical Conservatory at Wright Park is one of Tacoma’s iconic landmarks – and this September it will be the scene of a unique exhibition: “Ethnobotany: An Artists’ Study of Plants”.

Twelve featured artists in the Conservatory will venture into the world of ethnobotany through recycled material, wood, textiles, glass, metal and ceramics. Ethnobotany is the study of the relationships that have existed between primitive cultures and plants across time and throughout the world. The plant kingdom supports human life as a source of food, medicine, textiles, shelter, transportation, currency, and more. It is also a source of inspiration and ritual. In this show, artists explore ethnobotany through works that make often surprising connections between contemporary circumstances, art, botanical life and science.

Artists:
Melissa Balch
Benjamin Cobb
Barbara De Pirro
Shannon Eakins/Marc Dombrosky
Jeremy Gregory
Steve Jensen
Doug Johnston
Christopher Jordan
Lisa Kinoshita
Sabrina Knowles/Jenny Pohlman

Curator: Lisa Kinoshita

Ethnobotany: An Artists’ Study of Plants – Sept. 5-Oct. 12, 2014
Seymour Botanical Conservatory, 316 South G St., Tacoma WA, 98405
Artists’ reception: Friday, September 5, 2014, 6-8pm. $3 admission. RSVP at 591-5330
Regular hours: Tuesday-Sunday, 10am-4:30pm; open until 7pm every third Thursday of the month
General admission: adults $3, kids 11 & under free. Admission is free every third Thursday of the month
Information: 253/ 591-5330 or contact Tyra Shenaurlt at tyras@tacomaparks.com

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