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Sean M Johnson
Brooklyn, NY



ARTIST STATEMENT: I believe in slowness, and humanity. I endeavor to make pieces that represent a conflation of similar moments to convey an experience in a single snapshot. The tenuous grasp on a moment, the richness of the experience, and the romance of the memory perpetually teeter on the brink of being lost. I want my work to resonate on this brink. I use balance as a process in my work to deliver a physical tension that makes vulnerability and fragility palatable to the viewer. Using balance and tension as a process is a way for my work to physically connect with the viewer. Most efficacious artwork will set up a dialog with the viewer using color, or subject matter, or scale. The connection I strive to make with the viewer is the sensation of vulnerability and unease that comes with the realization that what they are seeing is real. I want the viewer to be aware of the precarious nature of my pieces so that they can start to form a relationship with them. The process itself is a physical risk that I take in order to invite someone to emotionally or mentally invest in my work. It is important to me that the viewer not just “see” the work, but experience what I have offered.
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  • Cautionary Tale
    2012
    china cabinet, caution tape, china, nails
    variable
    A china cabinet is strung up and secure to a wall with nails and caution tape. The china falls out upon installation.

  • Not So Leisurely
    2014
    rocking chair
    3.5 ft x 4 ft x 2.5 ft
    A rocking chair balances upside down, with no aids or armature.

  • Displaced #2
    2016
    love seat, book
    3.5 ft x 5.5 ft x 3 ft
    A love seat is balanced on one leg with the help of a book. It is not attached to the floor and is not held in place by anything other than gravity.

  • I Was Nine
    2012
    toy cars
    5.5 ft x 16 ft x .75 in
    1600 toy cars arranged to form a self portrait as a boy.

  • Family Portrait
    2010
    couch, tape
    variable
    full sized couch taped to the wall using scotch tape and only scotch tape.

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