On May 5th, 2017 Michael walked 11.2 miles across Minneapolis, carrying canvasses soaked in a photosensitive cyanotype solution under each arm. The photograms represent a recording of the three hour and nineteen minute walk from his home in Northeast Minneapolis to the Porch Gallery and back again. Michael also completed the walk with a video camera attached to a body harness. In addition to the works on canvas, the real time video of the walk will be presented.
Acknowledging the influence of Minimalism, Color Field painting, printmaking, and performance, Michael Johnson also draws from discussions surrounding land use, conservation, and hunting to create pictures that appear both familiar and new. Recently, he has been interested in leveraging the light-sensitive chemistry of alternative photo processes in an attempt to materialize an essence of the Earth’s constantly shifting atmospheric conditions across time, space, and site.
Michael Johnson was born and raised in Kandiyohi County, Minnesota. He earned his undergraduate degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in 2010 and his MFA from the University of Minnesota in 2017.