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Chris Johnson: A self-taught product of San Francisco's graffiti culture exhibits at Malmo Konsthall
Chris Johanson, You And Me And It, 2011. Acryl and latex on paper, 61,0 x 45,7 cm. Photo: Helene Toresdotter. Courtesy Galleri Nicolai Wallner, Copenhagen, Denmark.
MALMO.- The American artist Chris Johanson (born 1968) is a self-taught product of San Francisco’s skateboard and graffiti culture. In his playful and humorous works he comments on what it is like to be human and live in today’s society. He works in widely varying media such as painting, film, installation and music.

Johanson grew up in a suburb of San José in California and began his artistic career as a teenager. He painted skateboards and made posters and flyers for his friends, and then gradually began using public space to comment on American society. Even his early drawings show a spontaneous and slightly naïve imagery. He still likes to work in public spaces such as department stores and bookshops or directly in the street environment while also exhibiting at established galleries and museums.

Johanson uses bright colours with a cartoon-like style. He is an acute observer, who in a simple and direct way conveys his observations to us. He still regards himself as somewhat of an outsider in the art world, and therefore does not feel bound by any pre-existing limitations. He enjoys exceeding boundaries – the paint spills outside his contour lines and the speech balloons are too small to contain his text.

In Johanson we encounter both the light and dark sides of society. Many of his drawings and paintings are bittersweet reflections about the small and large occurrences of daily life. He addresses important existential questions and ponders human relationships and the future of mankind. The environment has played an increasingly central role in his works. Johanson tries to be a positive communicator, and his works are intended to function as a kind of alarm clock. He wants us to begin reflecting on our situation and how we live our lives.





Last Week News

September 11, 2011

First major Tony Cragg exhibition in 20 years opens at the Nasher Sculpture Center in Dallas

Sotheby's Beyond Limits 2011: New works by Hirst, Quinn and Kusama at Chatsworth selling exhibition

The Morgan Library & Museum presents seventeen master drawings by Ingres

Edward Kienholz, Five Car Stud 1969-1972, revisited at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Major exhibition poses tough questions and reasserts Fluxus attitude

Major Southern Commissions of the 1930s-1940s at D. Wigmore Fine Art in New York

Color in Flux: Exhibition on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Weserburg

Prehistoric clay disks found at Noatak National Preserve in Northwestern Alaska

LACMA announces inaugural Art + Film Gala honoring Clint Eastwood and John Baldessari

Shakespeare: Staging the World exhibition announced at the British Museum

Gods, heroes & myths still speak of their ancient power at Bonhams sale of antiquities in London

First major solo exhibition of Brian McCutcheon's work opens at the Indianapolis Museum of Art

Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus chronicles wars in Berlin show

Winning bid for huge diamond seized in Ohio: $2.8 Million

"The Fifth Column" a group exhibition featuring works by seven international artist

New York State Museum opens "New York Remembers" exhibition

Previously unseen drawings and sketches by Nigel Hall at the Royal Academy of Arts

Remembering 9/11 on view at International Center of Photography

September 10, 2011

Israel's national museum returns art to Jewish artist's heirs decades after it was looted

The Walters Art Museum announces major gift of 300 works from John Bourne of Santa Fe

A private German collection and the Gabrielle Keiller collection lead Christie's antiquities sale in London

Poussin masterpiece from the celebrated 'Sacraments' series acquired by the Kimbell Art Museum

Christie's New York announces the auction of a major selection of the remarkable Peter Norton Collection

Legendary Pop diva Anita Mui's jewels and watches to be offered exclusively at Sotheby's

Under a difficult financial situation, Kunstverein Hamburg announces charity auction to save its existence

John Ritter's politically and emotionally charged works at Lyons Wier Gallery Project Space

Exhibition at DC Moore Gallery of new paintings by Eric Aho explore the idea of the covert

Stephenson's Sept. 16 auction includes final inventory of Philadelphia's beloved Glatz Jewelers

Bob Dylan's "Asia Series" art exhibition coming to New York City's Gagosian Gallery

National Park Service secures Petrified Forest; adds 26,000 acres of private land

Photo of Confederate General Robert E. Lee fetches $23K for charity at online auction

Design competition seeks to improve National Mall

Robert Lobe's sculptures take root in Prospect Park's Pastoral Landscape

Guest-curated exhibition showcases an artist exhange between Egypt and the United States

Tate announces one of the most successful years ever

Cincinnati Art Museum celebrates record attendance: Third highest on record

New York arts world commemorates September 11 in music, film

September 9, 2011

Museum of Desires: MUMOK exhibition places the collection's potential in a new light

ABC Art Berlin Contemporary "About Painting" exhibition features some 130 artists

Sotheby's announces first dedicated sale of fine Classical Chinese paintings in New York

Mary Brogan Museum of Art & Science's Borrowed Italian painting: ownership dispute

American colorist Ronnie Landfield's Structure and Color opens at Stephen Haller Gallery

'Game-changer' in evolution from analysis of 2 million-year-old South African bones

Harper's Bazaar: A Decade of Style at the International Center of Photography

Snap up an iconic work by Banksy or Shepard Fairey at Bonhams Urban Art sale

Sculptures and a large-scale installation by Mike Kelley at Gagosian Gallery Britannia Street

Recent oil paintings by John Beerman on display at the Tibor De Nagy Gallery in New York

Bob Levy's slot machines hit the jackpot at Dan Morphy's $1.8 million auction

Jane Hammond combines painting and photography for new exhibition at Galerie Lelong

Greece: Authorities say Couple who had Peter Paul Rubens stolen work were 'amateurs'

Bonhams to sell 14th century roof beam from Muslim Spain

Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art opens Primavera 2011: Exhibition by young Australian artists

Milwaukee Art Museum exhibition honors Santiago Calatrava's masterpiece

Tate Modern to power ahead with art in oil tanks

Zineng Wang joins Christie's Asian 20th Century & Contemporary Art as Specialist, Southeast Asia Region

The Bloomberg Commission: Josiah McElheny: The past was a mirage I'd left far behind

September 8, 2011

Christie's announces sale of the legendary jewels from the collection of Elizabeth Taylor

Sotheby's London to sell an exceptional private collection of 20th century Italian art

Sotheby's Hong Kong to hold Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Autumn Sale

Acclaimed Hong Kong collection of Ming loyalist art on view at Metropolitan Museum this fall

Curators make hard choices at 9/11 Memorial Museum memorializing the attacks

China warns museums to tighten security after series of embarrassing thefts

The Brooklyn Museum installation Ten Years Later: Ground Zero Remembered now on view

German Artist Christian Jankowski premieres new film in exhibition at Lisson Gallery

Portland Museum of Art's chief curator accepts director position at Shelburne Museum in Vermont

Artists working in various media open exhibition at Nature Morte Gallery in Berlin

Rare scented chess set & a Spassky signed board for sale at Bonhams chess & games auction

Installation works by leading artists Liam Gillick and Susana Solano opens at Irish Museum of Modern Art

Sotheby's London to host exhibition of Fine Archaic Chinese Bronzes from Compton Verney

G Fine Art begins 10th anniversary season with Maggie Michael: There is No Rising or Setting Sun

Finest collection of 1960s DC war comics to be offered at Heritage Auctions

The Baltimore Museum of Art presents exhibition of Baker Artist Awards 2011 Winners

Kunsthaus Zurich extension to open in 2017

Smithsonian American Art Museum announces Bresler endowment to support curator position

Architecture of the former Soviet Union dominates new exhibition at Blain/Southern

September 7, 2011

Exhibition by photographer Franco Fontana opens at the Modern Art Institute in Valencia

J. Paul Getty Museum acquires Abbey Bible, considered a pinnacle of Gothic illumination

The annual "No Dead Artists" show opens at the Jonathan Ferrara Gallery in New Orleans

Exhibition of new work by German photographer Roland Fischer at Von Lintel Gallery

Exquisite Charles Willson Peale miniature portraits for sale at Heritage Auctions

Christie's announces important American furniture, folk art & decorative arts sale

Sotheby's to host "Turkophilia Revealed", a stunning exhibition of Ottoman art

Harvard exhibition investigates connections between renaissance art and science

Bonhams offers a rare and unique Zand Dynasty 18th century Persian gilded celestial Globe

Exclusive collectibles from all areas of history and military history offered at Hermann Historica oHG

Ransom Center exhibition explores forces behind censorship in United States between two world wars

Ugo Rondinone's "Kiss Now Kill Later" exhibition at Galerie Eva Presenhuber in Zurich

Modern and Contemporary South Asian paintings sale announced at Sotheby's in New York

Hull-House Museum Opens "Unfinished Business: Arts Education"

Arab museum: Events reflect effects of September 11

Sotheby's wine season opens with two sales offering a plethora of Chateaux and vintages for all taste

Marco Brambilla presents first ever video art selection in 68th Venice film festival

Affordable art boosts ranks of Singapore collectors

John Hoover, Alaska artist of Native imagery, has died

September 6, 2011

Raphael, Dürer and Grünewald paint the Madonna at Gemaldegalerie Alte Meister in Dresden

Stadel Museum discovers an important work by French academic painter Jean-Léon Gérome

Unique Roman gladiator ruins that flourished about 1,700 years ago unveiled in Austria

Thomas Gainsborough Linley portraits reunited at Dulwich Picture Gallery

Sotheby's Islamic World arts sale to feature exceptional ceramics from the Collection of Harvey B. Plotnick

Bonhams offers two masterpieces by celebrated Russian painter Vasili Polenov, unseen for 80 years

Sotheby's London to offer two landmark portraits by Johann Zoffany of the celebrated actor David Garrick

Italian cops nab alleged vandal of famous fountain; "exemplary punishment" requested by Mayor

Israel's ancient rebel caves, a hidden adventure published in an obscure journal

Film "Shame" directed by British video artist Steve McQueen brings sex addiction tale to Venice

Crazy Horse sculptor's 85-year-old widow, Ruth Ziolkowski, carries on mountain dream

1775 public notice known as a "broadside": Colonists asked pacifists to pay

Governor-General's railway carriage on show for the first time at the Powerhouse Museum

Matthew Monahan, Untitled at Galerie Fons Welters

Sotheby's Hong Kong to hold magnificent jewels and jadeite autumn sale in October

Bonhams to sell Aston Martin owned by Shane Filan of Irish pop group Westlife

Mat Collishaw to feature "Bullet Hole" at the 12th Istanbul Biennial

Martin Luther King Memorial architect says inscription will stay

Two arrested in Portugal after rhino horn heist

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