Blended media exhibition at Blissfield gallery by Dec. 2

Blended media exhibition at Blissfield gallery by Dec. 2


BLISSFIELD — Artwork lovers have lower than one month left to take a look at a solo exhibit presently on show at Flatlanders Artwork Galleries in Blissfield.

“Elegy,” the solo exhibition of combined media artist Justin Johnson’s work, might be seen till Dec. 2 at Flatlanders, which is 1 1/2 miles east of Blissfield at 11993 E. U.S. 223. The artwork gallery is operated together with Flatlanders Sculpture Provide. “Elegy” might be seen freed from cost at Flatlanders.

Hours within the gallery are 10 a.m. to five p.m., Wednesdays by Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Johnson holds each a bachelor’s diploma in wonderful/industrial artwork and a grasp’s diploma in studio art-drawing from the College of Saint Francis, a information launch from Flatlanders mentioned. He displays his work regionally and has had solo exhibitions at Wright State College in Ohio, the College of Cincinnati in Clermont, Ohio; Wabash Faculty, Indiana; Defiance Faculty, Ohio; Grace Faculty, Indiana; Huntington College, Indiana; Goshen Faculty, Indiana; Manchester College, Indiana; and College of Saint Francis, Indiana. He additionally has beforehand exhibited his work at Adrian Faculty.

His work was not too long ago featured in “A Sense of Place: Summary Artwork in Northern Indiana” on the Fort Wayne Museum of Artwork from December 2021 by March 2022. This was adopted by an exhibition on the Midwest Museum of American Artwork, April to July 2022.

Developing within the spring, Johnson’s work will likely be included in an exhibition on the Indiana State Museum centered on up to date abstraction, Flatlanders mentioned.

“My work is concentrated on figurativism and spirituality. Material ranged from decoding the lives of martyrs and saints to classical narratives and the incorporation of the scarab as a religious image,” Johnson mentioned within the launch. “I might first design a background area utilizing acrylics and incorporate discovered papers and e-book bindings courting to the nineteenth century. These fields would create a ‘tangible historical past’ or visible patina for every illustrated topic.

“After the mixed-media drawing was accomplished, I might then do a reverse portray in gold on glass and register the 2 compositions as one,” he continued. “This course of grew to become a recent interpretation of the best way by which sacred icons embody a metallic ‘oklad’ or overlaying that’s hooked up over the picture.”

As he continued to create these works, Johnson mentioned, he grew to become extra intrigued with the background fields moderately than with the illustrated topics.

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“I requested myself if these ‘areas, portals and sanctuaries’ might convey the identical response for myself because the artist and likewise for the viewer,” he mentioned.

Since 2016, his focus has been for instance topics of violent occasions occurring within the Center East, particularly Syria, the discharge mentioned. His intentions are to not illustrate the themes as interpretations of violence however as “whispers” and “elegies” to the unvoiced.

“I’m attempting to ‘describe the indescribable,’” Johnson mentioned. “These are lamentations that illustrate tragedy by abstraction. I’m visualizing my emotions that can’t be depicted by the pictorial.”

For extra details about Flatlanders or its present solo exhibit of Johnson’s work, name 517-486-4591, discover Flatlanders on Fb or go to

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