ALLE KÜNSTLER












“Johnson’s remarkable photographs are about space and time, and paradoxically, in the case of the images in this exhibition, about space and timelessness. He takes subjects that have engaged the imagination of artists for centuries—the bustle of the piazza, the routines of the countryside—and transforms them, employing the technology of the computer age, into visual narratives that astonish the eye”.
— Christopher Finch

Artist Jay Mark Johnson produces photographic images that challenge the norms of perception. Throughout his career, in work spanning the disciplines of drawing and painting, filmmaking, performance, architecture, and photography, he has made visible the intersection of human nature and society.
Johnson studied architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans and the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City. Through the early 1980s, his associations with architects Peter Eisenman, Rem Koolhaas, Aldo Rossi and Lebbeus Woods enabled him to explore questions of representation and time in both built and conceptual architecture. During this period the Museum of Modern Art, NYC acquired his model reconstruction of Ivan Leonidov’s 1927 Dom Narkomjaztpromp. He was also commissioned by the Smithsonian Institute to reconstruct Buckminster Fuller’s 1927 Dymaxion House. Later, that piece was also acquired by the Museum of Modern Art, NYC.
For the remainder of the ‘80s, Johnson was engaged in performance art, collaborating with Robbie McCauley, Lindzee Smith, V-Effect and others on performances at Theater for a New City, Laight Again Club, Pyramid Club, Henry Street Settlement, and The Kitchen, in New York; and at Seward Hall UCLA, and L.A.C.E., in Los Angeles. He collaborated, as well, with visual artists including Kiki Smith, Nan Goldin and Jimmie Durham.
It was during this period that Johnson began his ongoing political activism, co-founding an alternative television collective, reporting and writing for the Pacifica Network (broadcast radio), and producing graphic work, including the “Postcard Action” series, which is in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution and the Art Institute of Chicago.
In the late 1980s, Johnson moved to Central America where he co-founded two more television collectives in Mexico and El Salvador, at the height of political unrest in those countries. He wrote, directed and produced television campaigns for the political organization, the FMLN, progressively mastering digital video technology.
At the end of 1991, Johnson returned to Los Angeles, where he eventually became a cinema director with broad experience in visual effects production, having supervised, directed or otherwise contributed to the computer generated imagery for nearly a dozen major studio films and television series, including The Matrix, Titanic, Tank Girl, Outbreak, White Oleander, and music videos for Michael Jackson, Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers and others.
Having discovered the many ways that a limited understanding of human nature can hinder the advancement of progressive causes, he devoted two years to graduate study in Linguistic Anthropology and Biological Anthropology at UCLA. Additional years of study focused on reading in the cognitive sciences.
Although his first experiments in timeline imagery date back to the early 1990‘s his current SPACETIME photographic series began in earnest in 2003. Over the course of this project he increasingly applies the full range of his experiences, from visual arts and cinema to studies in the anthropological and cognitive sciences. Work from this period is in the permanent collections of the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie, Karlsruhe, Germany, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, the Phoenix Art Museum, the Langen Foundation, Hombroich, Germany, the Peter Klein Museum Kunstwerk, Eberdingen, Germany, the collection of Michael G. Wilson, the Milken Family Foundation, Santa Monica and the Fidelity Corporate Art Collection, Boston.
The artist was born in 1955 in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA. Since 1996 Johnson has resided intermittently in Paris, Antwerp, Rome and rural Italy. He currently lives and works in Venice, California.
RECENT SOLO EXHIBITIONS
2013 NO SUCH PLACE, William Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, CA US
2013 PHOTO LA 2013, Los Angeles, CA US
2012 NO SUCH PLACE, Boutwell Draper Gallery, Sydney AU
2012 THROUGH THE LOOKING GLASS, Christ Church, Oxford University UK
2012 SPACETIME: Beyond the Constraints of Perception. UCLA Cotsen Institute, Los Angeles, CA USA
2012 PHOTO LA 2012, Los Angeles, CA USA
2011 TEMPO LINEARE, La Botte Ristorante, Los Angeles CA USA
2011 EL ANARQUISTA Y EL AUTOMOVIL, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2011 MOTION STUDIES, Kunstforum Essenheim, Esseheim DE
2011 VENICE SPACEWALK, Venice Family Clinic & Animal West, Los Angeles, CA USA
2010 VENICE SPACEWALK, Venice Family Clinic, Los Angeles, CA USA
2009 SCOPE Basel 09, Galerie Deschler, Basel CH
2009 GERMAN CONSULATE, Basel CH
2009 SPACETIME, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA
2008 SWEPT AWAY, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2008 NEW WORK HAMBURG, aplanat Galerie für Photography, Hamburg DE
2007 MOTION STUDIES, aplanat Galerie für Photografie, Hamburg DE
2007 MOTION STUDIES, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2007 TEMPO LINEARE, Cetona IT
2007 TAICHI MOTION STUDIES, aplanat Galerie für Fotographie, Hamburg DE

RECENT GROUP EXHIBITIONS AND ART FAIRS
2013 VENICE ART WALK & AUCTIONS, Venice Family Clinic, Los Angeles, CA USA
2013 SNAP! ORLANDO, Orlando, FL US
2013 LEBBEUS WOODS, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco, CA US
2013 LUMINOUS, Melissa Morgan Fine Art, Palm Desert, CA US
2013 ARTIST OF THE GALLERY, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA US
2012 IN THE WOODS, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2012 IN THE PICTURES, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2012 PACIFIC STANDARD TIME, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard USA
2012 SCOPE Basel 2012, Galerie Deschler, Basel CH
2012 VENICE ART WALK & AUCTIONS, Venice Family Clinic, Los Angeles, CA USA
2012 ONE SHOT: THE CITY, The Loft at Liz’s, Los Angeles, CA USA
2012 ART FOR CLAIRE, Santa Monica, CA USA
2012 ARTWORKS FOR THE CURE, Los Angeles, CA USA
2012 WINTER SETTING, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2011 PREVIEW BERLIN, Berlin DE
2011 SCOPE Basel 2011, Galerie Deschler, Basel CH
2011 SOLID STRIPES, LAUNCH LA,Los Angeles, CA USA
2011 ART FOR CLARE, Santa Monica, CA USA
2011 PHOTO LA 2011, Los Angeles, CA USA
2011 IN THE PICTURES, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2011 CULTURE, ART, TECHNOLOGY, Sixth College, University of California at San Diego, San Diego, CA USA
2011 ART KARLSRUHE, Galerie Deschler, Karlsruhe DE
2010 ELEMENTS OF NATURE, CONTEMPORARY ARTS CENTER, New Orleans, LA USA
2010 TECHNICAL MATTERS, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2010 CONTEMPORARY ISTANBUL, 2010, Istanbul TK
2010 SHFT.com, Estee Lauder, New York City USA
2010 PREVIEW BERLIN, Berlin DE
2010 SWELL: art 1950 2010 Metro Pictures, Nyehaus, Friedrich Petzel, New York City USA
2010 NEW DEPARTURES, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2010 ART KARLSRUHE, Galerie Deschler, Karlsruhe DE
2010 SCOPE Basel 10, Galerie Deschler, Basel CH
2010 VENICE ART WALK & AUCTIONS, Venice Family Clinic, Los Angeles, CA USA
2010 PHOTOS AND PHANTASY, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Los Angeles, CA USA
2010 SHFT.com, Los Angeles, CA USA
2010 CHARITYBUZZ AUCTION, Christie’s, New York City, NY USA
2009 ART KARLSRUHE, Galerie Deschler, Karlsruhe DE
2009 PHOTO LA 2009, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA
2009 SUMMER SETTING, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2008 PHOTOS AND PHANTASY, Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation, Carnegie Art Museum, Oxnard, CA USA
2008 PHOTO LA 2008, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA
2008 Kunstkorperlich, Kunsthalle, Osnabruck DE
2008 ART KARLSRUHE, Galerie Deschler, Karlsruhe DE
2007 PHOTO LA 2007, ACE Gallery, Los Angeles, CA USA
2007 TRIBUTE TO IRVING PENN, apalant Galerie für Photografie, Hamburg DE
2007 TECHNICAL MATTERS, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE
2007 TRIBUTE TO IRVING PENN, aplanat Galerie für Fotographie, Hamburg DE
2006 WINTER SETTING, Galerie Deschler, Berlin DE









Jay Mark Johnson
Born 1955 in St. Petersburg, FL USA












ARTWORK IN PUBLIC AND PRIVATE COLLECTIONS
2013 PHOENIX ART MUSEUM, PHOENIX, AZ USA
2012 ZENTRUM FÜR KUNST UND MEDIENTECHNOLOGIE, KARLSRUHE DE
2011 MILKEN FAMILY FOUNDATION, SANTA MONICA, CA USA
2011 SAM NAZARIAN, LOS ANGELES, CA USA
2011 ANGELLA AND DAVID NAZARIAN, LOS ANGELES, CA USA
2009 FIDELITY CORPORATE ART COLLECTION, BOSTON, MA USA
2008 ALISON AND PETER KLEIN, MUSEUM KUNSTWERK, EBERDINGEN DE
2007 FREDERICK R. WEISMAN ART FOUNDATION, LOS ANGELES, CA USA
2007 LANGEN FOUNDATION, HOMBROICH DE
2007 MICHAEL G. WILSON, LOS ANGELES, CA USA
1984 ART INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO, IL USA
1984 SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION, TRAVELING EXHIBITION SERVICE, WASHINGTON D. C. USA
1983 SMITHSONIAN INSTITIUTION, DIVISION OF POLITICAL HISTORY, WASHINGTON D. C. USA
1979 MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK CITY , NY USA
EDUCATION AND BIRTHPLACE
1997 - 98 Linguistic Anthropology, Biological Anthropology, UCLA Los Angeles, CA USA
1978 - 80 Institute For Architecture And Urban Studies, New York City, NY USA
1973 - 79 Master of Architecture, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA USA
1955 Born in St. Petersburg, FL USA
PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATION
2003-12 Directors Guild of America, (as a Director) Los Angeles, CA USA
THEATRE AND PERFORMANCE ART (1983-1994)
1994 THE OTHER WEAPON (McCauley) Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA USA
1994 THE OTHER WEAPON (McCauley) Highways, Los Angeles, CA USA
1994 THE OTHER WEAPON (McCauley) Seward Hall, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA USA
1987 INDIAN BLOOD (McCauley) The Kitchen, New York City, NY USA
1986 THE HOUR BEFORE MY BROTHER DIES (Keene) Interart Theatre, New York City, NY USA
1986 WHAT’S UP ZACK? (Purdy) Laight Again Club, New York City, NY USA
1986 MY GRANDFATHER AND THE WARS (McCaulley) Henry Street Settlement, New York City, NY USA
1984 MY FATHER BELONGED TO THE FBI BUT I WAS A SOVIET SPY (Zonzinzky) The Kitchen, New York City, NY USA
1984 RANCHO NOTORIOUS (Lang) The Pyramid Club, New York City, NY USA
1983 LOCAL STIGMATIC (H. Williams) Laight Again Club, New York City, NY USA
1983 THE DAILY ACTIVITIES OF SLAVES, (Altomare) The Pyramid Club, New York City, NY USA
1982 THE DAILY ACTIVITIES OF SLAVES, (Altomare)Theatre For a New CIty, New York City, NY USA
PRINT GRAPHICS (1983-1994)
1992 - 94 COVERT ACTION QUARTERLY, Cover Art, Editorial Cartoons, Illustrations, Washington D.C. USA
1984 - 88 BLACK CAT GRAPHICS COLLECTIVE, Political Posters, Silkscreen, New York City, NY USA
1986 - 89 CENTRO LIBRE DE EXPERIMENTACION TEATRAL Y ARTISTICA, Political Graphics, Mexico D.F. MX
1986 WOMEN OF ALL RED NATIONS, Political Posters, Silkscreen,, New York City, NY USA
1984 CENTER FOR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS, Political Cartoons, New York City, NY USA
1984 DECEMBER 12TH COALITION, Graphics, Banners, New York CIty, NY USA
1983 POSTCARD ACTION, Mail Art Project, New York City, NY USA
1982 - 83 EL SALVADOR MEDIA PROJECT, Graphics, New York City, NY USA
INDEPENDENT VIDEO PRODUCTION - DOCUMENTARY, FEATURE, PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS
1993 OZONE (Greenpeace) Director, Bombshell Productions, Los Angeles, CA USA
1990 - 91 PUBLICART, Co-founder, Director, Political Campaigns, Local Commercials, San Salvador, SV
1987 - 89 COLLECTIVO DE CINE POPULAR - FUEGO NUEVO, Co-founder, Director, Mexico D.F. MX
1984 XCHANGE TV, Co-founder, Political Documentaries, Manhattan Cable, New York City, NY
ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN (1979 - 1984)
1984 BUCKMINSTER FULLER, Dymaxion House (1927), Smithsonian Institution, Washington D.C. USA
1982-84 MICHAEL FIELDMAN PARTNERS, Design, Drawings, Paintings, New York City NY USA
1982-84 LEBBEUS WOODS, Drawings, Models, New York City, NY USA
1980-81 PETER EISENMAN, Drawings, Models, New York City, NY USA
1980-81 ALDO ROSSI, Drawings, Paintings, Models, Milano, IT






















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