Michael Johansson

Look closely at the sculptures created by Swedish artist Michael Johansson and you will see that his simple, geometric forms can be deceiving. Johansson meticulously assembles different found objects, everything from plastic containers to luggage to office furniture, into cohesive large shapes. Whether he is constructing a stand-alone form or filling an existing recess in a wall, the final sculpture urges you to focus on its amalgamation of disparate parts. Colour plays a significant role in his art, especially the pieces that he creates using a limited palette. He explains this fascination further in his artist’s statement:

“I am intrigued by irregularities in daily life. Not those that appear when something extraordinary occurs, but those that are created by an exaggerated form of regularity. Colours or patterns from two separate objects or environments concur, like when two people pass each other dressed in the exact same outfit. Or when you are switching channels on your TV and realize that the same actor is playing two different roles on two different channels at the same time. Or that one day the parking lot contained only red cars.”

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