August 11th - October 30th, 2014
Leon Johnson conceives, researches, designs and produces intermedia communications and events. These events include performances and interactive spectacles in traditional and non-traditional sites. His delivery systems include installation, performance, video, photography, digital and traditional print systems, book arts, painting and discrete objects. Recent performances have included "Empire Postcards: My Colonial Father[s]" in England and Toronto, a UK tour of "Faust/Faustus: A Duet For Devils" and "reMEMBERING WILDE" an intermedia performance, filmed in Paris, featuring an original score by Jeffrey Stolet. His short film, FAUST/FAUSTUS IN DEPTFORD was selected for the KunstFilmBienale in Cologne, Germany and the Raindance Film Festival in London. Johnson has received an Ersted Award for Distinguished Teaching and the Williams Fellowship for undergraduate teaching and for fostering interdisciplinary collaboration within classrooms and between departments. The artist is also the recipient of a Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant, a Ruth Chenven Foundation Grant, a Kresge Artist Fellowship and a Yaddo residency. In 2011, he was part of the team that opened Signal-Return Press in Detroit, and in 2012 he co-launched Salt & Cedar Letterpress, Market Studio Kitchen & Emergent Futures Lab, featuring a professional kitchen, working with urban farms, communities and artists on food ecologies and urban renewal.