Sarah Anne Johnson Takes Us on a ‘Trip’ to Utopian Woodlands

Frieze
By Joseph R. Wolin
December 23, 2020

“Sarah Anne Johnson comes honestly by her love of the natural world and the communitarian alternative lifestyles it inspires. Her 2020 series of photos, titled ‘Woodland’, featured in her latest outing at Yossi Milo Gallery, pictures Manitoba forests. Most of the images portray dense stands of scrubby trees, their ordinariness countered by bright colours filling interstices between the twigs and branches. The effect conjures stained glass or, at times, fluttering Tibetan prayer flags. Created with a range of means – from Photoshop to applied oil and acrylic paint, photo-retouching ink, metallic leaf and collaged holographic foil – the artist’s manipulations appear various and inventive as they evoke the kitsch of children’s craft projects.”

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Exhibition Review: Sarah Anne Johnson at Yossi Milo

Museé
By Sara Beck
October 27, 2020

“In the midst of a global pandemic, Sarah Anne Johnson’s photographs feel particularly topical. Johnson, a Canadian-American multidisciplinary artist, seems to consciously reject the misconception that photography is an art form meant to capture reality. By using a variety of techniques such as painting, retouching, scratching, and burning to alter the surfaces of her photos, she gives viewers a glimpse into a reality that cannot be captured with a camera.”

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Sarah Anne Johnson, Woodland @ Yossi Milo

Collector Daily
By Loring Knoblauch
October 28, 2020

“Johnson’s newest body of work, using images of the forests from her native Manitoba as her central subject matter, seems to have found the exact right note for our current moment – just as we all descend into a deeper gloom driven by the combination of the ongoing pandemic and the polarized election, her pictures have come along to deliver a radiant sparkle of joy.”

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