Sarah Johansen

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Artist Statement

I am seeking to create moments where the simplest of gestures can open a lifetime’s worth of love and loss and exposed vulnerability. This vulnerability has forced me to accept that regardless of our maturity, some realities need to be processed through an illusion, albeit naïve at times, and in the midst of that desperation emerges a beautiful, undeniable lie that will transcend what is real. Naiveté is a wonder rooted in ignorance, but through a researched understanding, I can transform it into an untethered future, leading to a wonder rooted in a reimagined reality. Tom Robbins, in describing mockingbirds once said, “Like all artists, they are out to rearrange reality. Innovative, willful, daring, not bound by the rules to which others may blindly adhere, the mockingbird collects snatches of birdsong from this tree and that field, appropriates them, places them in new and unexpected contexts, recreates the world from the world.” Perhaps I am simply following the rules of the mockingbird. Through a series of fabricated, empirical experiments, I create a chimera, tragically optimistic because of its naïveté, all the while grounded in obtuse bits of fact and reality. The result, just like all of us, is a mix of science and poetry.

By searching for loopholes within our common experiences, my goal is to catalyze a creative response to heartbreak, attachment, and incertitude. Time before we are born, after we perish, the space that our physical bodies occupy, the significance of our being, the notion of absolute nothingness; these are just a few of the paradoxes where we often rely on poetry as a panacea, a universal elixir for the human condition.  My studio takes the form of a conduit, greeting the deep frustration of limitation with open arms, distilling it to its essence, and slipping it out a gentle reverie. Following the initial contemplation, the execution of each work relies on ongoing fieldwork, as well as extensive contemplation, and hermetic cerebral brawl.  Upon the creation of each interdisciplinary body of work, it is important to formulate an explicit vehicle for its conception and make sure it is carried out with integrity. Strategic research and intuition become a binary, resulting in a constantly bickering hybrid of metaphor and reason. The experiments are purposefully absurd, both embracing and denying the futile nature of their own methods. Doomed before they even begin, the work stands as the failed, labored evidence left behind, elevated only by its acceptance of defeat.

 

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EDUCATION

2012 University of Colorado-­‐Boulder Bachelor of Fine Arts, Painting/Drawing
2015 School of Visual Arts-­‐ New York City Master of Fine Arts

SOLO EXHIBITIONS

2010 Cash and Check Healing Arts Center Boulder, CO

GROUP SHOWS

2015
Last Dance Old Gem Exhibition Curated by Kat Griefen Brooklyn,NY
MFA Fine Arts-­‐ thesis exhibition School of Visual Arts Curated by Lumi Tan Brooklyn, NY

2014
Launch Pad 3 curated by Petra Sertic Denver, CO
Between Two Thoughts curated by Richard Brooks SVA Chelsea gallery New York, NY
Vector Curated by Peter Gregorio and Javier Barrios Interstate Projects Brooklyn, NY

2013
Psychotropics (w/ Alvin Gregorio) curated by Sidd Perez The Drawing Room Gallery, Gillman Barracks Singapore
Launch Pad 2: LAND curated by Petra Sertic, featuring site-­‐specific work and experimental projects from 40 artists on 400 acres Boulder, CO

2012
.Blank CU Art Museum curated by Stephen Martonis

AWARDS/GRANTS

2015 SCHOOL OF VISUAL ARTS ALUMNI SCHOLARSHIP PAULA RHODES SCHOLARSHIP
2012 UROP ASSISTANTSHIP studio assistant for Alvin Gregorio
2012 SUSAN BYRNE SCULPTURE SCHOLARSHIP
2011 UROP INDIVIDUAL PROJECT Poetics of Dionaea Muscipula

PUBLICATIONS

2015
Studio Visit Magazine

2014
Arts + Education Josh T Franco
Vector Peter Gregorio and Javier Barrios Issue 3:New York Interstate Projects

LECTURES

2012 10X12 visiting artist lecture series-­‐ University of Colorado-­‐ Boulder

MISCELLANEOUS EXPERIENCE

2013-­‐present studio assistant for Janine Antoni
2010-­‐2013 studio assistant for Alvin Gregorio
2010 Judge for District C regional art Competition (k-­‐12)
2011 Judge for District C regional art Competition (k-­‐12)
Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art-­‐ Volunteer (2010-­‐2012)