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Ann Johnson
Converse: Real Talk
May 7 - August 18, 2016

Ann Johnson wants to have face-to-face conversation. This installation resembles an outdoor park. Visitors are invited to sit and discuss words in her tree sculptures such as Ferguson and immigration. Johnson brings her experimental process that includes intaglio on sycamore leaves, text prints, transparencies and found objects. She addresses African American genealogy, folklore and legacy. Her delicate sensitivity to texture & uniquely combined elements create moments that feel intimate while simultaneously addressing broad social issues. Johnson’s exhibit will entice and provoke.

May 14, 2-4pm West Austin Studio Tour #151 Select Event

Join us for a conversation with Ann Johnson as she discusses her interactive art installation that emphasizes and demands communication between two individuals.

The Gallery will be open Saturday and Sunday on May 14, 15, 21, and 22 from 11am-6pm for the WEST tour. Read more about the WEST tour here.

Ann 'Sole Sister' Johnson is an artist born in London, England and raised in Cheyenne, WY. Johnson currently teaches at Prairie View A&M University. Primarily a mixed media artist, Johnson’s passion for exploring issues particularly in the Black community has led her to create a series of works that are evocative and engaging. The Hoop Dreamin Collection is a series of decorative basketball goals that explore the social issue of a Hoop Dream. It Is The Not Knowing That Burns My Soul is an investigation of exploratory mixed media works that examine the “Black Indian". The latter was included in an exhibition and catalog for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian titled: Indivisible. She has been invited to teach at Tougaloo Art Colony in Jackson, MS in 2009, 2011 and 2013. In 2010 she received the Teaching Excellence Award at Prairie View A&M University, and was awarded art teacher of the year in the School of Architecture. In 2011 she received the distinguished Presidents Faculty Of The Year award.

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Converse: Real Talk

Converse: Real Talk, James (detail)

Converse: Real Talk, Raven (detail)

Converse: Real Talk, Rebecca (detail)

Converse: Real Talk, Juan  (detail)

Converse: Real Talk, detail

Converse: Real Talk, detail

Converse: Real Talk, detail

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