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Kysa Johnson: Landscape Continuum
Contemporary artist Kysa Johnson’s immersive installation, Landscape Continuum, offers a loose evolutionary history of the local environment, which considers the past, present, and potential future of New Canaan—from 13,000 years in the past to 2,000 years in the future.
On view: April 23–May 31, 2016
Photo: © Ben Stamper, 2016
Johnson's 360-degree acrylic drawing, on the glass walls of the Pavilion, relies on an alphabet of marks, which reference subatomic decay patterns—pathways made by the conversion of microscopic particles as they move through space and time.
For this project, Johnson collaborated with Grace Farms Foundation's Arts Initiative Curator, Pamela Ruggio; Library and Resources Manager, Kayla Beth Moore; and local geologist, G. Warfield Hobbs, whose contributions informed the content and composition of Landscape Continuum.
Natural light, weather conditions, and changing seasons create a revolving context for this temporary work, making it so Landscape Continuum is never seen the same way twice. The ephemeral nature of this experience, like the drawing itself, allows visitors to reflect on our ever-changing natural world.
Grace Farm Foundation's Arts Initiative Director, Kenyon Adams, and artist Kysa Johnson sat down for a conversation with visitors during the exhibition's opening in the Pavilion.
Photo: Vanessa Van Ryzin, 2016
Kysa Johnson’s week-long installation was completed during Grace Farms' Earth Day program. The exhibition, along with a series of other compelling programs, offered visitors a variety of portals into important topics concerning the environment.
Kysa Johnson (born 1974, Illinois) lives and works in California. She received her BFA from the Glasgow School of Art in Scotland, is a NYFA fellow, and a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant recipient. Her work has been shown at a number of institutions including the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Massachusetts, Dublin Contemporary in Ireland, Katonah Museum of Art in New York, The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College in New York, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Connecticut, and National Academy of Sciences in Washington, DC.
Children participated in hands-on workshops inspired by Johnson’s process and created art of their own with acrylic pens on repurposed plexiglass, salvaged on site.
Families explored the epic narratives of flora and fauna (e.g. the Mastodon), native inhabitants, and colonization by interacting with silhouetted forms that reference Johnson's work.
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