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Tamara Johnson

Brooklyn, New York

Artist Statement

Through sculpture, performance and installation, my work utilizes a wide range of materials. Subjects vary from overlooked fragments of the suburban home, ordinary nuances of architecture, to un-monumental mishaps of space. A swimming pool filled with dirt and sod negates its function, leaving an object that lies precariously between the tragic and humorous. Garden hoses twisted into bizarre wall pieces contemplate the vernacular of everyday gestures. A paper plate, the waiting vessel, serves as a blank canvas on a gallery floor. By employing denial, absence and longing as visual tools, my work renegotiates our relationships to the everyday.

Artist Biography

Tamara Johnson was born in Waco, Texas in 1984. Johnson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 and later from the Rhode Island School of Design with a Sculpture MFA in 2012. Johnson has exhibited her work in New York at Wave Hill: A Public Garden and Cultural Center, Socrates Sculpture Park, The Lot LIC, The CUE Art Foundation, Air Mattress Gallery, the CORE:Club, Spring Break Art Show, Judith Charles Gallery, Rooster Gallery, Microscope Gallery, Latchkey Gallery, NURTUREart, Black Ball Projects, Newhouse Center for Contemporary Art and CR10 Arts. Johnson has also exhibited at Grand Union Gallery in the UK, Eastfield College Gallery in Dallas, TX, Callicarpa Gallery in Austin, TX and Phillip Bloom Gallery in Nantucket, MA. Johnson’s Backyard Pool was honored at the Public Art Network Year in Review 2015. in 2016, Johnson was awarded an Emergency Grant from the Foundation for Contemporary Art and an Individual Artist Award from The Santo Foundation. She recently received a grant from the Brooklyn Arts Council to complete a public project in Maria Hernandez Park in Bushwick, NY opening June 2018.



© Tamara Johnson

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