Division, McMichaels, & Gallery 44

Hospital Hallway

Division Gallery
Toronto, ON
March 2016

Hospital Hallway is a sterile, clinical space, a hallway in the shape of an octagon. The viewer enters though an institutional looking door, where they ar greeted by a series of screens which line the walls of the hallway, each featuring a video of myself as I play the my grandmother (as the patient), caught in claustrophobic, nightmarish scenes. The movements I do are meant to communicate the loss of control, loss of self, and total loss of body and mind.

 

Hospital Hallway - 2015 - Video Still

Hospital Hallway – 2015 – Video Still

 

Field Trip: Sarah Anne Johnson

McMichael Canadian Art Collection
Kleinburg, ON
March 4 to June 4, 2016

“As a Primary Exhibition partner with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, the McMichael’s exhibition Field Trip: Sarah Anne Johnson shows the artist’s latest project about Canada’s outdoor music festivals. Johnson sees these festivals as a forum for a community of people coming together to create a modern day Dionysian celebration through a connection to nature, music and dance, and the rejection of social norms.”

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Jungle Dreamer - 2015 - 13 x 15 - Chromogenic Print

Jungle Dreamer – 2015 – 13 x 15 – Chromogenic Print

 

The Kitchen

G44 Centre for Contemporary Photography
Toronto, ON
April 1, 2016 to April 23, 2016

“A stark continuation of her award winning series, “House on Fire” (2009), photographer Sarah Anne Johnson returns to her maternal family’s story through a new era of performance-based video installations with “Birthday Cake” (2016). In the 1950s, Johnson’s maternal grandmother was an unsuspecting participant in a CIA research program. Seeking treatment for post-partum depression, she was subjected to a series of mind control experiments at the Allen Memorial Institute at McGill University, Montreal. Addressing the generational trauma of these experiments within the domesticated space, Johnson continues to span her artistic practice from performance to video to further investigate and embody the difficult histories and its effects on her family.”

Presented in partnership with Images Festival

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Kitchen - 2016 - Film Still

Kitchen – 2016 – Film Still

 

Field Trip, Hospital Hallway, & Painted Leaves

Field Trip

Division Gallery
Montreal, QC
December 2015

 

Pink Forest - 2015 - 42 x 28 - Chromogenic Print

Pink Forest – 2015 – 42 x 28 – Chromogenic Print

 

Hospital Hallway

Southern Alberta Art Gallery
Lethbridge, AB
December 5, 2015 to January 31, 2016

 

Hospital Hallway is a sterile, clinical space, a hallway in the shape of an octagon. The viewer enters though an institutional looking door, where they ar greeted by a series of screens which line the walls of the hallway, each featuring a video of myself as I play the my grandmother (as the patient), caught in claustrophobic, nightmarish scenes. The movements I do are meant to communicate the loss of control, loss of self, and total loss of body and mind.

Click here for the full press release.

 

Hospital Hallway - 2015 - Video Still

Hospital Hallway – 2015 – Video Still

 

Painted Leaves

Blackwood Gallery, billboard commission
Mississauga, ON
September 8, 2015 to May 1, 2016

“Sarah Anne Johnson’s Painted Leaves presents a detail of a photographic landscape overlaid with myriad fine details, earthly colours, and mystical light. Oil paint has been hand applied to a chromogenic print of an understory of leaves in a temperate coniferous forest. The leaves are marked with decorative motifs in sunflower yellow, marine blue, flame orange, and brushed gold. Yet the image is an overture to humanity’s thoughtless imprint on the landscape.”

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Blackwood Billboard Commission - 2015 - Features "Painted Leaves" on a flat screen television - Photo by Toni Hafkencheid

Blackwood Billboard Commission – 2015 – Features “Painted Leaves” on a flat screen television – Photo by Toni Hafkencheid

Sobey Art Award – Art Gallery of Nova Scotia

Sobey Art Award

Art Gallery of Nova Scotia
Halifax, NS
September 26, 2015 to January 3, 2016
Curated by Sarah Fillmore

 

The 2015 Sobey Art award will be announced on October 28, 2015 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax. As one of the five short-listed finalists for this award, Sarah Anne Johnson will be exhibiting a large scale installation piece as part of the group show.

The Sobey Art award is presented annually to a Canadian artist under the age of 40 who has exhibited work in a public or commercial art gallery within 18 months of being nominated.

 

Other finalists:

Raymond Boisjoly, West Coast, rboisjoly.com
Abbas Akhavan, Ontario, abbasakhavan.com
Jon Rafman, Quebec, johrafman.com
Lisa Lipton, Atlantic, frankiefrankie.com

 

To view the 2015 Sobey Art Award website, click here.

 

Sarah Anne Johnson, Glitter Dust Bomb

 

The pen moves across the earth: it no longer knows what will happen, and the hand that holds it has disappeared.

Blackwood Gallery
University of Toronto Mississauga
September 16, 2015 to November 29, 2015
Curated by Christine Shaw

 

“This exhibition explores the means by which knowledge of the elemental forces and geopolitical processes impacting upon us in the 21st century can be generated in the presence and absence of evidence. Combining raw minerals and high-tech elements, each work in the exhibition makes visible the forces of composition and decomposition that are rumbling just below or flowing across the surface of the Earth. Whether the circulation of the winds and seawaters, or the cycling of substances through the spheres – oxygen, carbon, water, and nitrogen – or the emergence and decay of life, what is revealed is that matter matters. Matter and matters intertwine.”

 

To view the website of this exhibition, click here.