Last days to see great show at Howard House

26 Apr

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This Growing Up Stuff….

April 1 – May 1, 2010

Howard House is pleased to present This Growing Up Stuff…, Sean M. Johnson’s second solo show at the gallery. Johnson’s work continues to seduce the viewer both by the seeming magic of its set up and the power of its implied narrative; personal and intimate memories are displayed, as intense and elusive as a familiar smell or sound. In This Growing Up Stuff…, Johnson returns to flashpoints from childhood, using them to explore the change in perspective that takes place between childhood and adulthood. Examining this shift from multiple viewpoints, some works attempt to recreate the lost freedom of the child’s world (where the confines of laws and social and economic realities are not yet realized), while others serve as reminders of the inescapable limits in an adult world. Returning on occasion to his own childhood and the personal cosmology that Johnson has explored in previous work, False Identity 1 and False Identity 2 are two parts of a brown leather chair that has been split in half and now balance precariously on their two remaining legs. One painted white and the other black, the two works reference the artist’s struggle with identity and represent his eventual acceptance that “being comfortable in my skin has nothing to do with the color of my skin.” Through such transformations of deeply familiar everyday objects, Johnson unveils the complex and emotional narratives that lay beneath. Johnson received his MFA from the University of Washington in 2005. Having already attracted a great deal of critical acclaim, reviews of his work have appeared in diverse publications, including Sculpture, the Seattle Times, Seattle Post-Intelligencer, Seattle Weekly, and The Stranger, among others. He has been honored twice by the Seattle Art Museum as a finalist for their Betty Bowen Award.

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