Marty Walker Gallery is pleased to present large-scale, color-field abstract paintings of Los Angeles-based artist Dion Johnson. Bringing California hard edge painting into the new millennium, Johnson combines flat planes of bold commercial colors, creating shifting fields that recall paintings of Karl Benjamin and John McLaughlin.
The strata of color inspired by LA’s overabundant billboards, architecture and buzzing traffic transforms the congested urban culture into simplified synthetic cityscape of vivid clarity. Johnson, like McLaughlin, explores the movement between the planes of color, like subtle pauses that linger in musical compositions, setting the colors to pulsate between thin stripes and expanding wide slabs, flat space and unexplored depths. While Johnson’s interest is rooted in landscape and environment, his paintings lack any representational forms to evoke an openness recalling an almost utopian eternal Southern California summer – light, rich, and abundant.
Johnson lives and works in Los Angeles, received his BA from the Ohio State University and an MA from Claremont University. Johnson has exhibited nationally in museums and galleries from New York, Los Angeles, Santa Fe, and Columbus, Ohio.
In his first exhibition at the gallery, Dallas artist Brian Fridge merges sculpture in a virtual realm with video. Inspired by Malevich, theories in physics, Belgian artist Panamarenko’s flying machines, and Arte Povera’s celebration of endless change, process, and the flow of energy. For this exhibition, the artist will share Sequence 36.2 which begins with a tiny mandala-like form appearing to morph into simultaneously a plant-like object vacillating between growth and inky plumes. . His constructed scenes suspend time and recognition, and when combined with camera recordings of magnetic phenomena such scenes become shifting, dimensional abstractions.
Fridge received his MFA from University of Texas at Dallas and has been recognized with the Dallas Museum of Art Kimbrough Fund, Whitney Biennial, and ArtPace Artist-in-residence, and has had numerous national and international gallery and museum exhibitions.