EZRA JOHNSON
Parking Lot
2006
Mixed media on panel
24 x 27 3/4 inches
EZRA JOHNSON
Parking Lot
2006
Mixed media on panel
24 x 27 3/4 inches
For Immediate Release
Exhibition dates: November 18, 2006 - January 13, 2007
Opening reception: November 18, 6-9pm


EZRA JOHNSON
"What Birds Remember if they do Remember"

"What Birds Remember" is a story woven randomly, guided by wind and flight patterns. We begin with a deceptively natural setting, the riverside houseboat, floating in the East river, and the chaos of the city's daily habitat flies high above, alongside gulls and bright skies. Unending motorcades lead us towards a salvation brewing within a superdome filled with brotherly love. And we fly again, follow the path of a bird rising, away from the repetitive din. City windows pass, and we look in, an interior of business and pleasure, pornographers set in action. Punctuated by dreams, different men involve us in their grand plan, leading us through its final stages, through purgatorial woods and recreation, to places unknown to us, and the birds scattering again. Time moves into Autumn, the woods now golden and hunters out for game. A father and son track deer deep into the forest, returning late, a blue tarp laden with trophy.

Ezra Johnson manipulates painting, collage, and video to produce visual narratives that defy static interpretations of painting.

Born in 1975 in Wenatchee, Washington, Ezra Johnson received his BFA from California College of the Arts and Crafts and his MFA at Hunter College. He has been featured in exhibitions at Jack Tilton Gallery, New York, and Nicole Klagsbrun Gallery in New York. He will have a solo exhibition at the Hammer Museum in January of 2007. Johnson lives and works in New York.

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The New Yorker
2006
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