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Readings : David Johanson

Readings
Chromogenic and Lambda prints
Various dimensions

Much of my recent photographic work examines these impressions and wear patterns across the ground, seeing familiar sites and institutions (the home, the church, the university library, the art gallery, the retail boutique, etc) as a crossroads of social flow implied by a physical trace.

In the Readings series for example, the intensely saturated and subtly fluctuating rust and cobalt library carpet samples are interrupted by two parallel strips of threadbare gray—evidence of the cubical chairs that have traveled countless times across those surfaces. I’m interested in the way these images operate as both a memorial (a call to remembrance of the now-absent) and a sanctuary (a space of refuge and meditation). The readings are simultaneously concrete and spiritual. The detailed tactility of the exposed woven under-girding of the carpet’s material surface stands as a physical index of the history of readings undertaken at that site, while in the same space I find room for contemplation of perception, bodily orientation, psychological space, memory, and loss…


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