Gathering images and objects from diverse sources, he then creates small, labour-intensive sculptures, collages and large-scale installations that stimulate imaginary associations for the viewer to decode. Notions of the outsider, rituals and belief systems are often a point of intrigue in his work.
Throughout history, the space in which art is made has long fascinated both creators and observers. For Johnson, the contemporary studio is a site of autonomy and production, yet also evokes a sense of uncertainty and anxiety. Examining this hermetic space as a universe in itself, Johnson dismantles his entire studio reconstructing fragments in Gallery 3, considering it as a sculptural object and visionary environment.
Teardrop Centre sees Johnson return to Camden Arts Centre almost a decade after undertaking a residency in 2007.
Paul Johnson (b. 1972) lives and works in London. Johnson has exhibited in institutions including, Focal Point Gallery (2015), Usher Gallery, The Collection Museum, (2013-2014), The Nunnery (2011-12), Saatchi Gallery (2010), CAPC, Bordeaux (2010), Armory Art Fair (2010), Ancient & Modern, London (2009) and at the Mizuma Gallery, Tokyo (2008).