Sarah Anne Johnson Arctic Wonderland
Sarah Anne Johnson’s exhibition, “Arctic Wonderland”, draws from photographs taken during her expedition into the Arctic Circle. Johnson’s intervention in the photos with photo spotting ink, screen printing, and Photoshop, though festively evoking confetti and fireworks, reminds us of our constant need to inhabit, decorate, and in extreme cases soil, the pristine outer reaches of our natural world. More optimistically, they embody the spirit of exploration and the artist’s sense of awe at discovering such staggering expanses of inhospitable, uninhabitable, yet beautiful spaces.To date, each of Johnson’s exhibitions - “Tree Planting”, “The Galapagos Project”, and “House on Fire” - has been conceived as an installation and has been acquired in its entirety by a public museum, including the Guggenheim, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the National Gallery of Canada. Works from this most recent body of work, “Arctic Wonderland”, appeared in MASS MoCA’s feted “Oh Canada” exhibition, and we are pleased to present them for the first time here in Montreal. Johnson lives and works in Winnipeg, Canada and received her MFA from Yale University. She was the recipient of the first Annual Grange prize. Her work has been exhibited and collected by numerous public institutions.