Benjamin Johnson: Spacetime
iMOCA at CityWay
July 1st to September 29th, 2016

The Indianapolis artist Benjamin Johnson opens the first of two part exhibition at iMOCA’s CityWay Gallery.  Spacetime depicts imagery of the moon throughout the lunar cycle. This new work, created specifically for this exhibition, includes 20 vitreography prints and the 7 panels used to create the prints. The glass panels were created with sand blast resist and diamond-engraving techniques creating a unique surface texture in the prints.  This exhibition will run July 1 – Sept. 29, 2016.

This exhibition is supported by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

The second part featuring Johnson’s work will take place July 30 – August 29, 2016 in iMOCA’s Window Gallery in Fountain Square. Johnson’s installation will feature a nine by fourteen foot installation of hand-pulled hot glass cane created using UV reactive materials and lit using special UV LED lighting, which will make the entire piece glow in the window space.

Johnson’s art, typically abstract and often inspired by occurrences in everyday life, is developed from his an interest in color theory and texture. He uses both of those factors to create patterns in his decorative work that not only reveal layers within the glass, but also create a surface texture that is unique to his creations. Working on both large-scale installations and individual sculptural pieces, makes Johnson’s practice unique among artists creating contemporary glass.

Johnson holds a BFA from Kent State University and his MFA from Ball State University. His education in glass extended beyond the university setting at the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, and Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti in Murano, Italy. His work has been shown in a number of exhibitions throughout the U.S. He has been published in Art Glass Today and the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review.  Johnson has been a recipient of the Windgate Fellowship Grant Award, Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, and Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group Jerry Raphael Fellowship. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in contemporary glass at the Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ.

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