Heather L. Johnson, In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful: A Journey and Project in Process
October 18-26 2014
Opening reception and artists talk: Saturday October 18 2014
Exhibition open Saturday 25 October and Sunday 26 October
In the Spring of 2013, Heather L Johnson came to BoxoHOUSE to undertake a residency. Her journey was somewhat unusual – she rode her motorcycle from Weehawken, NJ to Joshua Tree and back. Heather covered roughly 10,000 miles across the United States looking for “grand gestures made by humans in the landscape”: strip mines, oil refineries, over-sized architectural projects, and other sites where evidence of humanity’s impact on the land is palpable. At each location she left behind a hand-embroidered work of art for anyone to find, collect and keep. This year she brought In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful to Mexico with the hope of eventually taking it around the world.
Heather is now based in the Joshua Tree area for a period and is pleased to present the completed works begun during her residency to the local community.The exhibition will feature images of pieces dropped in the landscape, watercolor impressions of her journey and hand-embroidered compositions based on experiences collected along the way.Following it’s showing at BoxoHOUSE, the exhibition will continue to the University Gallery at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo from November 6 to December 5 2014.