The Light of Space
February 8 - April 19, 2020
Laddie John Dill
Jay Mark Johnson
Mary Anna Pomonis
Site specific installations
New Works by
The Light of Space - A film by Eric Minh Swenson.
Laddie John Dill
Laddie John Dill is a Los Angeles artist whose work focuses on nature by portraying cycles and moments rather than a singular moment in time using light and space. He achieves this by utilizing materials like glass, cement, and pigment as a metaphor. With influences like Rauschenberg, Keith Sonnier, Robert Smithson, Dennis Openheim, and Robert Irwin, Dill has learned to use the physical space around him as opposed to a stationary canvas on an easel. This practice results in a magnificent scene of candescent light and sand that envelopes the viewer, entering a form of metamorphosed reality.
Contained Radiance Lancaster demonstrates his use of space as his canvas and distributes light creating a dreamlike, ethereal quality. His use of light, sand, and hard materials like aluminum 6061 within the surrounding space each work to create a harmonious and tranquil atmosphere, diffusing light and shadow to create a transcendental experience for the viewer. He portrays the light, sky and earth as parts of a whole that cannot function without the other, bearing witness to the oneness of nature and ultimately demonstrating reasons why nature should be protected and respected.
Dill was born in Long Beach, California in 1943. He graduated from Chouinard Art Institute in 1968 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After graduating, Dill became a printing apprentice and worked closely with established artists, like Robert Rauschenberg, Claes Oldenberg, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. Laddie John Dill’s work is in the permanent collections of national and international institutions such as the Museum of Modern Art in New York, New York, Los Angeles County Museum of Art in Los Angeles, California, Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, California, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in San Francisco, California; High Museum in Atlanta, Georgia, The Phillips Collection in Washington DC, Chicago Art Institute in Chicago, Illinois, The Smithsonian in Washington DC, Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark, Pio Monte della Misericordia in Naples, Italy, Museum of Contemporary Art in San Diego, California, and Museo Jumex in Mexico City, Mexico. He currently lives and works in Venice, California.
Jay Mark Johnson
Jay Mark Johnson’s unconventional method of timeline photography examines human space and time, broadening established understandings about linear temporal space. He combines the storytelling abilities of a cinematographer with a handmade German scanning device to create an image that effectively melds the ideas of time and space into a single artwork.
In his series of work, the subject remains clear while the background appears to be distorted and in a constant stream of motion and colors altering time and space. Instead of standard photography which favors space and stagnation, these images are captured through the rate of movement of the subject. This project began when Johnson tested the effect of a rotating slit-scan camera had when he stopped the rotation and focused on a fixed area. The camera takes photographs of a single moment represented by a single vertical sliver and over time a series of vertical lines are created of the moving subject resulting in a composite series of strips. Depending on the rate of motion of the subject, the object can appear elongated or crushed. The rendering of reality in conjunction of time into space provides powerful interpretations of the way humans move through time and space.
Johnson was born in St. Petersburg, Florida and studied architecture at Tulane University in New Orleans and at the Institute for Architecture and Urban Studies in New York City. He produced more than fifty series of images that have been presented in more than a hundred solo and group exhibitions. The artworks can be found in the permanent collections of the Riechstag building of the German Bundestag in Berlin, Germany, the Zentrum für Kunst und Medientechnologie in Karlsruhe, Germany, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation in Los Angeles, California, the Phoenix Art Museum in Phoenix, Arizona, the Langen Foundation in Hombroich, Germany, the Peter Klein Museum Kunstwerkin Eberdingen, Germany, the collection of Michael G. Wilson, the Milken Family Foundation in Santa Monica, California, and the Fidelity Corporate Art Collection in Boston, Massachusetts. He currently lives and works in Santa Monica, California.
Kysa Johnson conceptualizes the microscopic and the macro landscapes of subjects like molecular structures, maps of the universe and diseases transforming them into lively still lifes and landscape paintings. She effectively introduces scientific concepts that would normally be invisible to the naked eye and magnifies its contents, exposing the viewer to the world’s most fundamental parts of our structural universe. Providing meaningful, emotional, and historical relevance, this magnification of the microscopic and macro allows for the viewer to connect to scientific concepts and phenomena providing a newly found appreciation of our reality.
Inspired by images gathered from the Hubble telescope and particle accelerators, Faraway, So Close utilizes subatomic particles to portray the cycle of death, rebirth, and transformation from supernovas to the formation of new stars in nebulae. She shows both the fragility and sheer power of these happenings with elegantly placed loops of particle decay to demonstrate the life cycle of these celestial events. The images are made up of hundreds of ink markings contrasted with a stark, black background symbolizing the darkness of space and the universe resulting in a newly realized perspective of life and death.
Born in Illinois in 1974, Johnson trained at Glasgow School of Art in Scotland. Johnson has had solo exhibitions at institutions such as The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut, The National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC, Roebling Hall Gallery in New York City and The Nicolaysen Museum in Casper, Wyoming. She has been featured in a number of group shows including exhibitions at The 2nd Biennial of the Canary Islands, the Tang Museum in Saratoga Springs, New York, The Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York, the Hudson River Museum in Yonkers, New York, DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Massachusetts and Standpoint Gallery in London, England. Johnson has created site-specific installations for KK Projects in New Orleans, Louisiana in 2008, Dublin Contemporary in Ireland in 2011 and for the New York Armory Show in 2013. She is a 2003 New York Foundation for the Arts fellow, a 2009 Pollack Krasner Grant recipient and currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.