Devin Johnson

Region: Northeast


City / State: brooklyn , NY

Devin B. Johnson works within the multidisciplinary language of painting, sculpture, installation, and sound. His work is based on the decoding and reassembling of sociocultural structures. As Johnson searches for a way to deconstruct and reclaim motifs and symbols, he uses found imagery and material to reformat the identifiers that are indicative of the Black aesthetic. Johnson is interested in dilapidated exterior surfaces found in the urban landscape. They provide a reminder of a memory and how it is reshaped when recalled. These tactile moments in the landscape are often negotiated within Johnson’s paintings and mixed-media collages. The paintings are worked with a thoughtful process, but Johnson allows room for cathartic play with his intuitive mark-making. The process guides these paintings to operate in the language of abstract frescos.