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Sarah Anne Johnson, Party Boat, 2011, photo-spotting ink, gouache, india ink, and acrylic ink on color photograph, 28 x 42".

Sarah Anne Johnson

Julie Saul Gallery

Sarah Anne Johnson, Party Boat, 2011, photo-spotting ink, gouache, india ink, and acrylic ink on color photograph, 28 x 42".

The first photograph encountered in “Arctic Wonderland,” Sarah Anne Johnson’s fourth exhibition at Julie Saul Gallery, portrays a man dressed in heavy-duty outdoor gear, the kind meant to withstand extreme weather conditions, in the midst of what appears to be a leap of triumph or sheer glee. Behind him, a vast, frozen landscape stretches into the distance, while in his hands is a banner—clearly added by Johnson in the studio—that reads ARTIC CIRCLE, as though he were a sports fan cheering on a team. Similarly, in Cheerleading Pyramid, 2011, a group of people pose in the titular arrangement while brightly colored confetti, which the artist applied in acrylic paint, falls around them. Although not the show’s most arresting scenes, these two images are oddly jarring. Considering that the protagonists are in the Arctic, they appear oddly blithe.

In the other images, which

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