Wednesday, October 29, 2014


Victoria Johnson
Oil on Wood Panel
 October 2014
In the Studio - Realism found in unlikely places something like violet oozing over a water reservoir  illuminated by the northern lights.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Did you stop dancing?






"In many shamanic societies, if you came to a medicine person complaining of being disheartened, dispirited, or depressed, they would ask one of four questions: "When did you stop dancing? When did you stop singing? When did you stop being enchanted by stories? When did you stop being comforted by the sweet territory of silence?"
Gabrielle Roth
courtesy of Evolvre Social Movement

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Vermont Studio Center


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I'm attending an October 25, 2015 residency at Vermont Studio Center. The Vermont Studio Center is the largest international artists' and writers' Residency Program in the United States and I'm thrilled to be accepted by the center. Now to keep a stealthy eye out for that perfect warm sweater!


www. www.vermontstudiocenter.org/

Friday, August 15, 2014

In my former top floor studio at 619 Western Avenue, Seattle

I've not posted for a while. I'm busy with my 3/2015 show in Seattle for the Lisa Harris Gallery.  I've experienced many changes since I last showed and I'm anxious and excited as I work. I've also updated my website to a new format: www.victoriajohnson.net. Today, I found this image of myself in my Seattle studio I leased for 18 years. The photo is precious to me, since its about a time gone: You don't know what you've got till its gone - Joni Mitchell- Big Yellow Taxi.

Photo: Drake Deknatel 2007



They paved paradise and put up a parking lot,
With a pink hotel, a boutique,
And a swinging hot spot.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum.
And they charged all the people
A dollar and a half just to see 'em.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
Hey, farmer, farmer, put away that D.D.T., now!
Give me spots on my apples
But leave me the birds and the bees, please!
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
Late last night I heard the screen door slam.
And a big yellow taxi took away my old man.
Don't it always seem to go
That you don't know what you've got till it's gone?
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.
          © 1966-69 Siquomb Publishing Co. BMI


Victoria XOXOX



Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Max Grover: Hunter, Gatherer, Painter/Jenny Anderson: Offerings at Bainbridge Island Art Museum


With Max Grover (left), Jenny Anderson (left-middle), Josie Emmons Turner (right-middle) and Bill Turner (Right)

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art describes Max Grover, "as adept at using familiar and simple motifs." But, nothing prepares you to experience this artist's warmth and wisdom with his capacity to translate in the simpliest of language the human experience of collecting, object fetishes and our universal habits to amass multiple sets of things. This is an exhibition of lovingly installed memorabilia seen alongside Max's paintings. We see the iconic collections he's created over the years, obviously with dedicated obsession, although his collections don't seem possessive in any way. My sense is that Max is the hunter and gatherer and caretaker of things, and a catalyst for us to connect with our collective sentient and sentimental experiences. We review our lives and our encounters from personal experience of a time and activity, and or because we are given a generous slice of Americana in this show. The exhibition is a carnival of visual stimulus opening a doorway to contemplate these collections and to consider the psychology of collections in our lives. This is a beautiful show and a must see this summer to enjoy in the amazing new island museum.

The Bainbridge Island Museum of Art text continues, "This exhibition uses Grover's numerous personal collections as inspiration for each new painting. He draws from his collections of black cats, bolo ties, wrestlers, baseball memorabilia, souvenir pins, and much more! Come see this amazing array of brand new paintings and personal collections borrowed from BIMA's favorite Hunter, Gatherer, Painter.
http://www.biartmuseum.org/exhibitions/max-grover-hunter-gatherer-painter-/

Nothing prepared me for the experience seeing the work of Jenny Anderson. If seeing is the best word. In describing her work, each sculpture waits to be approached, as if very much aware of you, your conversations, thoughts, emotions, listening and watching you from a place present and universal time, each very much holding the space of its creation. Take time to pause and contemplate before you think you are ready to walk to the next piece. There is singular and collective wisdom of the great unknown in each sculpture with a message for you, were you to have eyes to see, ears to hear, and your heart open.  

http://www.biartmuseum.org/exhibitions/jenny-anderson-offerings/






Jenny Andersen: Offerings

Rachel Feferman Gallery
June 28, 2014 - September 28, 2014


Monday, May 19, 2014

Frankenthaler


Just pure bliss! I thought I'd post my favorite image of Helen Frankenthaler with David Smith in Frankenthaler's studio with her iconic canvas, "Mountains and Sea" in the background.



Helen Frankenthaler
Mountains and Sea
1956


Helen Frankenthaler
Basque Beach
1958