20 June – 27 August 2017
The Project Container at Nationalmuseum Design, Kulturhuset Stadsteatern, Stockholm.
Michael Johansson’s art is characterized by the way in which he takes everyday items to pieces, reorganizing the pieces and then assembling them with the utmost care, creating colour-coordinated arrangements that fill chosen spaces of various sizes. By releasing objects from their primary function and combining them with each other in a wide-ranging throng we are faced with visual mysteries that have just as many answers as there are beholders.
Johansson is constantly researching new ways of operating by shifting from working with predetermined spaces to finding new geometrical solutions. He explains: “To be able to alter or to upset the beholder’s perception, if only for a brief period, means achieving something important.”
Michael Johansson was born in 1975. He grew up in Trollhättan and is currently based in Berlin. He completed a BA at the Trondheim Academy of Fine Arts and an MA at Malmö Art Academy. Since 2005 he has pursued an increasingly successful international career.
Solo exhibitions include the Gothenburg Art Museum, Växjö Konsthall, and Galleri Arnstedt, Östra Karup in Sweden; Akershus Kunstsenter and the Vigeland Museum in Norway; Helsinki Contemporary, in Finland; Massimo Carasi – The Flat in Milan; Maison Hermès in Tokyo.
Participation in group exhibitions includes the Bergen Kunstmuseum in Norway, Royal British Society of Sculptors in London, Malmö Konstmuseum in Sweden, Moscow Museum of Modern Art and Koganecho Bazaar, in Yokohama, Japan.
The Move Overseas. Containers, household items. 6x7.8x2.4 meters. Triennal of Contemporary Art by the sea, Zeebrugge, 2012. Photo: Michael Johansson.
Kubikk, Harbour and road-related objects; containers, metal construction. 4.6x7x4.5 meters. Oslo 2015. Photo: Michael Johansson.
Courtesy Michael Johansson & Galleri Andersson/Sandström