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Collin Johanson: Out for Breath

May 27–June 24, 2023
Opening Reception: Saturday, May 27, noon–5pm

For information about available work, info@monteclarkgallery.com.

Monte Clark is pleased to announce an exhibition of new paintings by Collin Johanson. Working with imagined forms, abstraction, mechanical perspective and photo reference, this series of works embraces contradictory subject matter and formal principals.

Johanson’s work encompasses a distinctive exploration of destabilization and disorientation, with the intention of pushing the boundaries of visual perception. Through his paintings, he presents a blend of fragmented imagery within an abstract space, where forms simultaneously emerge and dissolve, resulting in an enigmatic and thought-provoking experience.

Influenced by the techniques of automatism famously employed by Surrealists and abstract expressionists, Johanson deliberately relinquishes conscious control in order to allow possibilities to converge through chance. By embracing the creative process, he willingly embraces the unknown and embarks on a journey of discovery, where paths only unveil themselves organically, through happenstance.

Johanson articulates his approach, explaining, “Engaging with abstraction, for me, means embracing imagery that is unfamiliar—pursuing paths that only reveal themselves during the process and by chance. It is through these interactions of chance discovery and surprise that an intuitive aspect is inherently woven into my work.”

Collin Johanson is based in Treaty 6 Territory ᐊᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ (Amiskwacîwâskahikan), Edmonton AB.  He received his BFA from Emily Carr University (2004) and his MFA from Concordia University (2013).  Johanson’s paintings often exist in a state between figuration and abstraction, where forms never fully become fixed. Instability keeps these images in flux, resisting easy interpretation. Johanson won the Joseph Plaskett Foundation Award in 2014, and was an RBC Painting Competition finalist in 2008. His work has been exhibited in numerous venues including the National Gallery of Canada (ON), the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (ON), the Contemporary Art Gallery (BC), Regart (QC), Access Gallery (BC), and the Surrey Art Gallery (BC).

Collin Johanson
Sceptre
2023
Oil on canvas
28 x 24 in

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       Collin Johanson
       Creek
       2022
       Oil on canvas
       12 x 9 in

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  Installation view, Collin Johanson: Out for Breath, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

Collin Johanson
Red Dog
2022
Oil on canvas
68 x 45 in

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 Collin Johanson
 Chicken
 2022
 Oil on canvas
 68 x 45 in

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       Collin Johanson
       Birch
       2022
       Oil on canvas
       12 x 9 in

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        Collin Johanson
        Curtain
        2023
        Oil on canvas
        25 x 20 in

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  Installation view, Collin Johanson: Out for Breath, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

  Collin Johanson
  Clearing
  2023
  Oil on canvas
  25 x 20 in

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Collin Johanson
Dave
2022
Oil on canvas
9 x 12 in

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Collin Johanson
Lake Swimmer
2022
Oil on canvas
63 x 54 in

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Collin Johanson
Out for Breath
2022
Oil on canvas
49 x 42 in

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  Installation view, Collin Johanson: Out for Breath, Monte Clark, Vancouver, 2023

       Collin Johanson
       Memorial
       2022
       Oil on canvas
       12 x 9 in

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    Collin Johanson
    Bloom
    2023
    Oil on canvas
    25 x 20 in

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   Collin Johanson
   Blue View
   2022
   Oil on canvas
   68 x 45 in

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  Collin Johanson
  Informal
  2023
  Oil on canvas
  28 x 24 in

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