Lexington, Virginia • January 5, 2009
Everybody Wants the Other, an installation of large-scale drawings by Ron Johnson, will be on view in Washington and Lee's Wilson Hall through January 30, 2009.
Johnson received his MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond where he is an assistant professor and administrative director in the Painting and Printmaking Department. He has exhibited widely for over ten years and was a 2004 resident at the Ucross Foundation in Clearmont, Wyo., and a 2002 resident at the Cite Internationale des Arts in Paris.
Johnson's compositions of meandering lines and abstract layers of color are realized in paintings, drawings and objects that conceptually question ideas involving existentialism. For the site-specific installation at Washington and Lee's Lykes Atrium, Johnson has created drawings on Mylar, a translucent film, ranging from 10 to 18 feet long. The pieces hang in the Atrium's windows, which reach a height equaling four stories.
Ron Johnson will conduct an Artist's Lecture at 6 p.m. on Monday, January 12, 2009 in room 2028 of Wilson Hall on the Washington and Lee campus, which will be followed by a reception for the artist. The public is invited to attend both the opening talk and reception.
Staniar Gallery is located on the second floor of Wilson Hall, in Washington and Lee University's Lenfest Center for the Arts. Gallery hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For further information call 540-458-8861.