15.3.11

Artist: Darren Johnson

Darren Johnson's exhibition titled Important Conversation in Midwestern Brown is currently on display as part of the Nevada Arts Council.  
Like his earlier works Of The Overwhelmed and In Position, he creates realistic unposed portraits of people.  
In this newest exhibit, comic bubbles create a dialogue between subjects.  
These basic conversations speak volumes and open to interpretation the context, as well as the subjects,  creating the effect of a voyeur mesmerized by overheard smidgens of conversations.


All the backgrounds are done in simple earth tones- From The Artist Statement: 
The bleak emptiness of their brown surroundings speaks to their own emptiness, their seeming lack of significance to the world around them, and their alienation from it. These figures are the people I know: Midwestern, middle-class Americans each with their own stories and shared struggle. They find themselves awkwardly cropped in both composition and dialogue so as to share the discomfort with the viewer. 

The dialogues include English, Mandarine and braille.  


From The Artist Statement:
Talk, as in what is said, what isn’t said, how much is said, who says it, to whom, and why – more wholly, communication. The sort of communication that stomps out silence and peace with the need to exhaust one’s frustration with the commonly unfulfilling, lonely nature of contemporary life.


I laughed out loud at more than once at some of these paintings.

To view upcoming shows, other works and pricing information 
please visit:

Darren Johnson
 

23 comments:

stephanie said...

I really like these. It's a really interesting theme.

Krystal said...

I find these pretty delightful! I especially love the skirt is too short one, that is really cute/funny.

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Amazing realism in these paintings!

Ninjagaiden78 said...

These are really cool pictures.

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Mama Gone Green said...

love these. thanks for the smile!

Lenore @ Lather. Write. Repeat. said...

So different...I love how art is so subjective. It's not a style I'm drawn to for my home but I enjoy having been able to experience it.

XO
Lenore

Nat said...

I found these pieces fascinating.... especially the one with the braille dialogue.

Stephanie said...

These are very intriguing. I love that the dialogues are in different languages.

Mo Pie, Please said...

These are incredible! I love artists with a sense of humor!

Phoenix said...

Hah! These are so witty and colorful and bright! I love them! (I always tend to lean towards art that has a little bit of a sense of humor) :)

drollgirl said...

thank you for the introduction to this artist!!!

jeanette from everton terrace said...

I cannot stop laughing at the "I want to kick you in the face" - hilarious!

Libbie said...

Those are soooooo funny! I am so glad you shared them with us! Thank you!!!! I really enjoyed them!

la petite coquine said...

What an amazing sense of humor-love this!

Appletree said...

good stuff. Thanks for stopping by Appletree today!

Amanda* said...

These are incredible!! Thanks for sharing!

Silver Strands said...

It's so fun to see art taken this direction!

abby jenkins said...

VERY well done. I laughed out loud a few times. I want to kick you in the face...hahaha...

I love to put bubbles over random folks on postcards, I got that from my Dad. He was always sending me cards "from" Bill and Hil Clinton when I was younger.

sherri said...

the kick you in the face one is my personal fave. have a lovely day, lovely lady.

Indie.Tea said...

Haha, these are precious. I adore the first one...

Sara Szatmary said...

I love when talented people have a sense of humor. These are great.

The Many Colours of Happiness said...

They are really cool, I love how unique the idea is.

Pat Tillett said...

How funny and creative!
thanks!

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