My work is about the planet we live on, the place we call home, and how we deal with it. I respond to the way we have dealt with the land-the unfinished or intermediate changes that people have made. I am taken with colors and the irony of the space, the incongruity as a result of juxtaposition, and the downright weirdness that is out there. I have been photographing reclaimed landscapes: landscapes that for
whatever reason have been manufactured, carved, covered, and planted so as to seem natural, organic, and tidy.
Excerpt from his essay in the FOTOFEST2006 Catalogue.
KEITH JOHNSON Man(ufactured) Space
Johnson’s photographs portray human intervention with the landscape. In most cases, these interventions appear trivial, but when abstracted by closer observation, simple marks become grand gestures. A plug of grass waiting to find its hole; the line between big and small red stones. Johnson’s images are observations about the landscape and the way in which it is put together by humans. He photographs where the landscape has been reclaimed or in transition, trying to make sense of the space between the organic and the human-made, sometimes finding both at the same time.
Keith Johnson has been involved in photography since the early 1970’s. He graduated in 1975 from the Rhode Island School of Design, Providence with an M.F.A. and studied with Harry Callahan and Aaron Siskind, after spending a year at Visual Studies Workshop, with Nathan Lyons. Ten years of teaching led to a move to the business side of photography completing an M.B.A. in 1987. He supports his fine art making working as a manufacturers representative in the northeast.
He has exhibited throughout the United States, most recently in solo shows at George Eastman House in Rochester, New York, The Print Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Art Institute of Boston, Boston, Massachusetts. His work is included in collections at the Rhode Island School of Design, George Eastman House, and Visual Studies Workshop, and he is a recipient of a Connecticut Commission on the arts Fellowship grant for 2002. He is on the summer faculty for Maine Photographic Workshops and Santa Fe Photography Workshops.
He lives in Hamden, CT, with is wife Becky of 34 years.
Panopticon Gallery, Waltham Gallery, Water/Garden, August 10 - September 30, 2006, Waltham, MA, http://www.panopt.com/
Stonehill College, Enchanted Garden, September 1 - October 6, 2006, Easton, MA
Middle Tennessee State University, Baldwin Gallery, Road Work, November 10 – December 15, 2006, Murfreesboro, TN