Christopher Lowry Johnson
January 18 to February 17, 2002
Opening: friday, January 18, 2002, 7-9 PM

Plus Ultra is pleased to present a solo exhibition of recent paintings by New York artist Christopher Lowry Johnson. In four new canvases, Johnson continues to explore the paradoxical parallels between fantasy and desperation and the melancholy inherent in supposedly cheerful celebrations.

An overabundance of lavish textures dominates two of the new works. silks, chiffons, furs, jewelry, flesh, and lots and lots of hair abound. Each painting depicts a group of young, beautiful, fast-living archetypes: playboy bunnies and rock stars. Their baroque-like rendering references the gangs of drunken revelers in works by Franz Hals; at once splendid in their finery, offensive in their shameless exhibitionism, and all too human in their vulnerability. tempered with hints of decay, these scenes of unbridled revelry suggest the inevitability of death and the ultimate price of excess.

Vulnerability is also an underlying theme in the latest of johnson’s ongoing series of roadside adult book store paintings. Found along the highways of midwestern states, these fairly nondescript buildings might be mistaken for lodges or rural groceries were it not for their neon signs or the silhouettes of naked women on their painted-out windows. As patrons live out cheaper versions of celebrities’ fantasies in supposed privacy, however, their indiscretions are made public through the distinctive trucks, cars, and mini-vans in plain view in the parking lot.

Finally, Johnson takes his exploration to an extravagant conclusion in a 6′ × 8′ panorama of hundreds of people at an elegant celebration, apparently posing for a camera. Wearing costumes and hairstyles of an era gone by, they seem to represent a more innocent time. their innocence and elegance do not bear up, however, as on closer inspection nearly every face is seen to reveal some sense of dread. Grotesquely tight smiles and clenched fists betray many of the partygoers, who—forced to be gleeful for posterity—inadvertently drop the masks the occasion requires of them.

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Christopher Lowry Johnson
January 18 to February 17, 2002
Opening: friday, January 18, 2002, 7-9 PM

Christopher Lowry Johnson

January 18 - February 17, 2002
Opens January 18, 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Works

First exhibition invitation

Christopher Lowry Johnson, First exhibition invitation, 2002


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