I know I said it before, but this time I am going to publish the site. I had one all built and such and then the company I was using decided to not be a company anymore…no more new website. But big professional changes coming. The blog will be moved to dojofilter.com and the portfolio website will be johnsondon.com
I will post show pics soon!
So I had this little art show in Sioux Falls, SD at Augustana College. My favorite undergrad college I have ever been to! I want to thank the school, faculty, students, and the people who came out to my show. The best part of the trip is the people. I miss the people in Sioux Falls. I saw some old friends and I also met some new friends. It is just sort of crazy how you can meet people and share stories, and it happens more in the Dakotas. I always try to represent.
While I was prepping for my gallery talk I was having an adult beverage in the hotel bar. I don’t mind looking like a nerd going into a bar with a sketchbook. That’s how I roll! So a group of ladies came into the bar and sat next to me. They were wondering what I was doing looking like a nerd in the bar. I told them and one of the ladies told me her daughter is going into art. So we talked about that for a bit and then she mentioned her daughter who had recently passed from a cancer called “Ewing’s Sarcoma.” It was just an amazing connection to hear her talk about her daughters and it was an incredible night to be a human and to feel and to connect to someone. Her daughter’s name is Kaitlyn Erickson. The yellow bracelets are for childhood cancer awareness.
Moral of the story, meet people, listen to people, love people.
I have been meaning to post for a couple weeks, but sometimes that is difficult …..or I just forget. I have been busy though so I have a great excuse. I have been working on my first big solo show outside of grad school that is taking place at Augustana College. I am pretty excited about it. I have finished quite a few works in the past couple months in preparation for the show and I will also be including some of my highlighted works from graduate school. I am sending 25 works and a few of them are extremely large.
I went to the Denver Artwalk on August 1st and I wanted to sort of talk about how I felt about it, how the “real” art world outside of the academic bubble would treat me. I wont mention any galleries or artists I saw. I saw some great artwork and that got me really excited. I also saw some mediocre work and then some not so great stuff. I’m not an art critic and everyone has different tastes. However I do believe craft is an important part of art making. It was easy to see that not everyone thought that, but maybe I am snobby about it because I have been taught good craft. However, I am excited for the opportunity to try get my work into some of these shows and I will be trying to get into a few galleries after my show at Augustana.
I have been posting in progress pics of my work that I am getting ready for the show on instagram and facebook. Here is the very last piece finished for the show. I’m hoping it’s fresh!
First off I’ll give you some watercolors I did over the 4th July weekend (God Bless America) and then an explanation for the long delay of an update!
It’s crazy how time flies. I can’t believe I haven’t kept up this page. At least I didn’t wait an entire year to update it! So I guess you either want to know what I have been up to or maybe you don’t care, but this is where I am going to tell you.
So after graduating in May 2013 from the University of Idaho, I tried to get some teaching jobs. I had to opt out of the world of Academia and pursue the world of paying bills. I decided to move down to Denver CO to take a job that will pay the bills and give me some time to pursue my art endeavors.
I have an art show in Sioux Falls SD at Augustana College in Sept. The reception is Sept 26th if you happen to be in the area, please stop by!
I also had total knee reconstructive surgery so that has sort of taken me out of the game. Which game you ask……all of them.
So my seasonal job is about over. I’ve decided to do alittle escape with a trip to Idaho and a hunting trip to South Dakota. I am on the road from Idaho to SD now. I was able to visit with some of my mentors, art grads new and old, and some of my favorite people. It was a much needed escape as my search for what I am going to do and where I will living stretches on. Devon Mozdierz was kind enough to let me use her studio (my old studio) to start and finish a big painting.