COOP Gallery / 507B Hagan St. September 8, 2018 - September 29, 2018

Jonathan Johnson

COOP Gallery is pleased to present The Space Between Two Rocks by Jonathan Johnson. The Space Between Two Rocks is poetic narrative featuring color photographic images made during, and in relationship to, the act of walking through urban and rural landscapes of Thailand and recent cyanotypes created during a month long residency on Lake Kultsjön in the Lappland region of Northern Sweden. In contrast to some contemporary uses of photography associated with digital culture, social media and self-documentation; this project embraces slowness through its production (walking, using color film, duration) and dissemination through a sequential form -- one of our final refuges for experiencing photographs in a personal, slow and physically interactive way.

As a mixed-race artist, he uses the act of walking as a way of situating and exploring the physical spaces that exist in both of his homes in Southeast Asia, Midwestern United States and elsewhere.  This method is a critique of productivism and meditates on how geography applies to fragmented space, identity and the construction of meaning.

Jonathan will be present at the opening reception on Saturday, September 8th.

More about the Artist:

Jonathan Johnson is a photographer and filmmaker whose work explores ideas about place, identity and nature. Autobiography plays a role in Johnson’s work as he often references his mixed-race background, travel and backcountry exploration. Johnson collaborates with composers, writers, poets, designers and fellow artists in his artwork that takes the form of photographic prints, books, films, videos and teaching projects.  Johnson has participated in residencies in Costa Rica, Iceland and Sweden and regularly works in Thailand.  His work has been shown at film festivals and galleries in over 30 countries including: Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid; Modern Art Museum, Sao Paulo, Brazil; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Galleria Sment, Braga, Portugal; Africa Centre, Cape Town, South Africa; Sofia Arsenal Museum of Contemporary Art, Sofia, Bulgaria; Ann Arbor Film Festival; Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece; Union Docs, Brooklyn; Winnipeg Underground Film Festival and the EXiS Film Festival, Seoul, South Korea.  Before working in academia Johnson was a competitive ski racer and held positions in the music industry and public affairs.

More about COOP:

COOP is a curatorial collective made up of artists, curators, thinkers and professors who are committed to expanding Nashville’s dialogue with contemporary art by presenting challenging new or under-represented artists/artworks to our community. COOP is committed to exhibiting art of diverse media and content, with a goal to provide an alternative venue for artists free from the constraints of the retail market. COOP seeks to initiate a discourse between Nashville and art scenes across the country by inviting artists to show, develop projects and interact with the Nashville community. Website: www.coopgallery.org

For questions contact: info@coopgallery.org

Hours: Tue/Wed/Thurs – 2 – 6, Saturday 11 - 3 and by appointment