DAVID JOHNSON
My work could be seen as an attempt to make models of reality: that is to say the mind’s
relation to the world.  But the mind and the world cannot be separated, they are a single
experience.

The experience of surfaces is simultaneously the experience of the interior and the presence
of the unknowable: the mind trying to catch hold of things as they are born and die – the flux
of matter illuminated by language.

Most of my work has used light - usually slide projections (digital high-definition is currently
too low-definition for my needs).  This piece is a rare use of movement and low definition:
originally a film loop.


Education
1971        BSc   Bartlett School of Architecture, UCL
1980        Dip     Byam Shaw School of Art (London)
1983        MA     Goldsmiths College, (London)

Selected One-person Exhibitions

2007        “Returning Light” 4 month Retrospective, Dean Clough, Halifax
2005        “Nave”, Dilston Grove, London
2001        “Imaginary Light”, The Roundhouse, London

Selected Mixed Shows

2007        “Analogue & Digital”. Fieldgate Gallery, London
2007        “Mapping”, Bury Art Gallery, Lancashire
2006        Haus Metternich, Koblenz, Germany
2000        "Zero-G", Dilston Grove, London
1999        Lieu d'Art Contemporain, Narbonne, France
1999        As Dark as Light", Newlyn Gallery, Newlyn
1998        "Whitechapel Open", London
1986        "ARGO", Haworth Gallery, Accrington
1984        "Low Tech", Coracle Press, London
1982        Woodlands Gallery, London
1981 & 1980 & 1979  “New Contemporaries", ICA, London

Previous press comments:

Filled with poetic resonance. The overall effect of Johnson's intelligent and moving show is humbling and
thought provoking.   
-- Kathy Kubicki, Art Review

The self is opened up and the cosmos collapses inward. These are haunting essays in matter and light,
that speak of absence and death, being and consciousness, and the illusory character of perception and
representation.
-- Wil Bolton, AN magazine

A most striking exhibition. Johnson has something of the magician about him, or the alchemist, and
certainly something of the poet.
-- Simon Morley, The Independent on Sunday