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Kysa Johnson

Roebling Hall

Concerned with the extremities of perception—the telescopic and, especially, the microscopic—Kysa Johnson’s appealing brand of conceptual painting and drawing evokes the structural poetry at the very base of things. Inspired by essential biological forms and processes, the elegant renderings on view in her first New York solo show (in ink, watercolor, and most often chalk on blackboard) operate in a territory somewhere between lyrical abstraction and literal representation. Their focus is that level of observation where the familiar “real” forms of the world begin to resolve into the fantastical, hidden shapes that lie at the foundation of all matter.

Unlike an artist such as Matthew Ritchie, who similarly teases visually arresting forms from esoteric scientific information, Johnson generally keeps her distance from her subject matter, usually opting not to massage the imagery and the ideas

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