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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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ARTIST RESUME:


Born 1979
Lives and works in Brooklyn, NY

exhibitions and events
2014
Brooklyn Nets (solo), Exhibit by Aberson, Tulsa, OK
Collective 2 Design Fair, with Patrick Parrish Gallery, New York, NY
Das Haus Curated by Louise Campbell at the IMM Cologne, Germany

2013
Light Sculptures (solo), Mondo Cane, New York, NY
Modern Craft, NoHo Design District / Merchants House Museum, New York, NY
LLIIGGHHTTSS, 7 Dunham Place, New York, NY
Sleight of Hand, Brian Morris Gallery, New York, NY
Cabinets of Curiosity, Mint, London, UK
Material Material, collaboration with Debbie Carlos, Little Paper Planes, San Francisco, CA

2012
Next Wave, MATTER, New York, NY
Partners and Spade, New York, NY
Product Porch, San Diego Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego, CA
A Spatial Surprise, Mint, London, UK
We're Revolting, Creatures of Comfort, Los Angeles, CA
Lecture: Physical Thought, Shieh Chen University Architecture and Fashion Departments, Taipei, Taiwan
Under 500, Mondo Cane, New York, NY

2011
Art of Space: Nests, lecture and public installation workshop, Springfield, MO
Performances with the Friendly Falcons, various locations, New York City

2008-2010
Musical Performance with Chris Doyle, Cafe Orwell, Brooklyn, NY
Musical Performance with Damezumari, Knitting Factory, Manhattan, NY
Mychrophobialactic: Adaptation Art, Philadelphia, PA
10-Penny hi-top: musical performance with The Friendly Falcons and Their Friend the Snake: Governor’s Island, NY

2006-2007
Graduate Degree Exhibition: Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Social Fabrication: Forum Gallery, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Orthodontics: 3 musical performances with Jeff Kurosaki and Tara
Pelletier, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Chirpin’ Hard: 6 musical performances with Jeff Kurosaki, Detroit, MI
Chairspray: PF Gallery, Clawson, MI

2002-2005
Block Party!: MLR exhibiton and musical performance, Tulsa, Ok
Atlatl/Damezumari Tour: musical performances, 10 locations in Eastern U.S.
Sound/Vision: Oklahoma City, OK
Dia de Los Muertos Fest: exhibiton and musical performances, Oklahoma
City, OK
Re:_design Gallery: Springfield, MO
FauxReal Gallery: Springfield, MO
Taunt: Mossa Center St. Louis, MO

press
Print
IdN Magazine; So-En Magazine, Whole Living Magazine; Garden Design Magazine; Canadian House and Home Magazine

Online
Elle Decor, American Craft Council, FastCoDesign, Contemporary Standard, Coolhunting, Design Sponge, Remodelista, Archinect, Trendland, Sous Style

education
2007
Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Master of Architecture

2002
Drury University, Springfield, MO
Bachelor of Architecture (NAAB Accredited)
Bachelor of Arts: Studio Arts
 








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