Al Johnson – Room of Wonders

Al Johnson, 2014, Cousin Mary

“Cousin Mary” by Al Johnson Art 2014
20″ x 7.5″ mixed media on Masonite
private collection, inspired by John Coltrane

Expressionism corresponds to a basic need: to express themselves and communicate in their own language and chromaticity, in its own universe of emotions, thoughts and perceptions. Expressionism is an outward effort to explain the world and to understand himself in it. Expressionism is as Jazz a sense of the zeitgeist. For this reason, Expressionism will never be out of fashion, but sometimes more, sometimes less popular.

The New York artist Al Johnson describes himself as an Expressionist, rightly. And he has a visual language that speaks of joy of life, colorful visions and vestigial roots.

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Yayoi Kusama

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Yayoi Kusama (草間 彌生 or 弥生 Kusama Yayoi, born March 22, 1929 in Matsumoto, Nagano) is a Japanese artist and writer. Throughout her career she has worked in a wide variety of media, including painting, collage, sculpture, performance art and environmental installations, most of which exhibit her thematic interest in psychedelic colors, repetition and pattern. A precursor of the pop art, minimalist and feminist art movements, Kusama influenced contemporaries such as Andy Warhol and Claes Oldenburg. Although largely forgotten after departing the New York art scene in the early 1970s, Kusama is now acknowledged as one of the most important living artists to come out of Japan, and an important voice of the avant-garde.

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Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen

Albert Oehlen studied in Hamburg with Sigmar Polke, played a central role in a prodigious group of artists who came to the fore in the ’80s, and was associated with various movements and groups—some apt, some gratuitous. I would describe him with that popular health-food term free radical. Today, the German-born Oehlen lives and works in Berlin, Switzerland, and Spain.  He is a master of ironic wit and his paintings are elaborate strategies of provocation. Often he subverts the authority of the avant-garde, creating an abstraction of dumbed-down abjection. His painting poses as a deceptive icon of aesthetic contemplation, punctuated with flirtatious eyes returning the viewer’s gaze.

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Zadok Ben-David

 Innerscape on the Move by Zadok Ben-David (Sculpture Installation)

Photo: Innerscape on the Move by Zadok Ben-David (Sculpture Installation) at Sotheby’s Beyond Limits sculpture exhibition, 9 September – 27 October 2013.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Zadok Ben–David was born in Bayhan, Yemen, in 1949, and was brought up in Israel. He studied at Bezalel Academy of Art and Design, Jerusalem 1971–73; Reading University, 1975 and Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, London, in 1976. When he moved to London to study, he was faced with a new visual language, as British abstraction and conceptual art of the seventies were very different from contemporary art in Israel at the time. The evolution of mankind and its symbiosis with nature is explored throughout Ben-David’s work.
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Virginia Mak

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Photo: Virginia Mak, The Comfort of Objects, Untitled 04 (daybed), 2012

Virginia Mak, Photographer / Visual Artist
Exhibition: Sept 26, 2013 – Oct 17, 2013 | Bau-Xi Gallery Toronto and Vancouver

Pushing photography beyond traditional limits, Mak explores the visual possibilities of the medium. Known for its soft focus and minimized light values, her work disrupts the boundary between painting and photography.

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Emilie Halpern – Shōka: The Earth

Emilie Halpern, Born in Paris, France 1976
Currently lives and works in Los Angeles, CA
As Antoine de Saint-Exupéry wrote in The Little Prince: “What is essential is invisible to the eye.”
Radioactive orange of a mutant carrot and the labial purple of an erotic alien, creamy blues and coral pinks, luminous lavenders and glittering golds as the metal could shine only in our dreams, and of course the strange soft folds of violet beyond violet, a death shroud soaked in spirit, truly otherworldly, every ounce of ultra.