at Marty Walker Gallery through November 12
Marty Walker Gallery is nearly always on target with my taste and the exhibition
of Dion Johnson's abstract paintings is no exception. I have been following this
gallery from the night they opened their doors on Farrington Street and I have
been impressed with the selection of artists in their stable and many of their
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|Johnson’s work uses attractive bright colors and the shapes are smooth and organic.
We can recognize a sophisticated abstract work through a combination of colors and
his use of repetition without exactly repeating the shapes. Technique transference is
often times another clue to a successful abstract work. Johnson manages to simulate
this serigraphic method of color change by allowing colors to appear transparent and
moving the colors through the objects.
|Aero, 2011, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 72 x 48 inches
|Accelerator, 2011, acrylic and Flashe on canvas, 40 x 60 inches
|The paintings have the illusion of motion through the use of simple curved pointed shaped
ends. The rounded shapes drape down like curtains or stalactites in a cave. I like how your
eye moves from top to bottom and back up again in rapid flowing successions. Another
important connection to a good work is if the art has connections to past innovations.
|Other reviews akin his work to music and I agree that the paintings have a movement