The CSU Department of Art is pleased to present our first exhibition of 2016 in the Illges Gallery, At the End of the Tunnel by Ian Johnston, January 19 – February 13. Johnston was the 2011 recipient of the Columbus State University Visiting Artist and Scholar in Residence Award. We are pleased to welcome him back to CSU.
At the End of the Tunnel is the first in a new body of work by Ian Johnston called Fine Line. At the End of the Tunnel was an installation made specifically for the Dawson Creek Art Gallery, British Columbia, Canada. The exhibition installed in the Illges Gallery is adapted to the space of the gallery that is vastly different from the original venue. In this iteration the acoustical qualities and scale of the work in relation to the viewer are further explored. The overall project explores the thin edge between normal and abnormal obsessive behaviors. This is a series that investigates seemingly benign behaviours like collecting, which mutate into devices of self-destruction such as hoarding.
About the artist: Ian Johnston is an architect turned sculptor based in Nelson, BC. Since the mid nineties he has been pursuing an interest in ceramic and more recently large-scale installations that often include ceramic. Johnston studied architecture at Algonquin College, and Carleton University in Ottawa and with the University of Toronto at Paris, France. Prior to opening his Nelson studio in 1996 he spent five years working at the Bauhaus Academy in post Berlin Wall East Germany. At the Bauhaus, together with two architects, he developed and facilitated a series of workshops around themes of urban renewal and public intervention in a tumultuous time of cultural transformation. Johnston current project, Fish Tales is on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville, FL till February 28, 2016.