NEW YORK, NY.- Stephen Haller Gallery
presents GREGORY JOHNSTON: SUPERLEGGERA surprising new sculptural pieces reflecting the artists life-long passion and devotion to the motor car. The Superleggera Series is a study in gleaming color expressed in elegant geometry evocative of the thrill of a remembered race. The exhibition opened May 17th and runs through June 23rd.
In this newest series of work, Gregory Johnston is working with new materials and a gleaming surface and lush palette of enamel on aluminum plates. He titles many of the works with references to distinct motor car colors: Bahama Viper Tuerkis, Deutsche Blau. Some even represent specific cars and drivers for the artist, and one is a perfect study in shades of white.
Superleggera (super light in Italian) refers to an automotive construction technology developed in Northern Italy. And for the artist it is a metaphor expressing the current philosophy behind his work a structural framework allowing for creative freedom and innovative design - a perfect melding of aesthetics and technology.
The spirit of superleggera seeped into the artists consciousness a number of years ago during an artist residency in Northern Italy. This concept combined with his life-long passion for speed and all things automotive combined to inspire this new body of work.
This new series of sculptural paintings represents the maturing work of an artist The Wall Street Journal heralded as one of the emerging success stories of his generation.