5/12/2021

Dion Johnson

FLYING COLORS

Curated by Dion Johnson

Rema Ghuloum | Dion Johnson | Pamela Jorden Heather Gwen Martin | Michael Reafsnyder

On view through June 11, 2021

Contemporary Art Matters is pleased to present Flying Colors, a group show curated by Dion Johnson featuring five painters from Southern California: Rema Ghuloum, Pamela Jorden, Heather Gwen Martin, Michael Reafsnyder, and Dion Johnson.  The show will be on view through June 11, 2021. For more information on the exhibition, related events and forthcoming catalog, please contact us at [email protected]com.

Dion Johnson uses color to evoke the contemporary urban, digital and natural landscape of Southern California, and skews the vocabulary of abstraction into a hybrid techno-language. His work is a clear balance of the harmonic and dissonant qualities in our environment. David Pagel wrote in a catalog essay:

“These seemingly calm arrangements of gently curved shapes, in a sumptuously saturated and wildly unnatural palette, are anything but wallflowers. They play with scale like nobody’s business, filling the empty space around them with inclusive, user-friendly snippets of imagined symphonies… Time does not stand still in these paintings so much as they suspend you in long drawn-out moments of acutely satisfying attentiveness.”

Dion Johnson is based in Los Angeles, California. Born in 1975 in Bellaire, OH, he attended Yale Norfolk Summer School of Music and Art, received his BFA from The Ohio State University and his MFA from Claremont Graduate University. Johnson’s work has been reviewed and featured in articles in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Artnews, and Artforum among others. Selected solo exhibitions include “Color Chords,” Western Project, Los Angeles, CA; “Luminous Trajectories,” Bentley Gallery, Phoenix, AZ; “Chromatic Momentum,” De Buck Gallery, New York, NY; and “Optic Energy,” Holly Johnson Gallery, Dallas, TX. His work can be found in the permanent collections of the Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH; Twitter Inc., Santa Monica, CA; Capital Group Companies, Los Angeles, CA; Museum of Art and History, Lancaster, CA; Creative Artists Agency, Los Angeles, CA; and Pizzuti Collection, Columbus, OH.