Featuring Mariah Johnson
in the Front Gallery
Exhibition runs: July 16 - August 2, 2008
Gallery Hours: Wednesdays - Saturdays, 1-6 PM
Mariah Johnson’s work with bed sheets grew out of her mother’s efforts to maintain aesthetic order in her home by keeping her linen closet beautiful, even when the rest of the house was not. With her mother’s habits in mind, Johnson folds, wraps, and stacks bed sheets and pillowcases found in thrift shops into sculptural installations. She considers these activities to be akin to painting -- the interactions among color combinations, printed patterns, and folding systems become visually engrossing and reference minimalist or abstract paintings. The materials also carry with them a history of the bodies and lives of their previous owners. The histories of these objects now lost, the sheets become Johnson’s to piece together into her own re-imagined narratives.