Los Angeles Art Gallery Tours

Illuminating the Los Angeles Art Scene

Matt Johnson, Star in a Jar, 2011, glass, electronics, 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 x3 1/2 inches, pedestal: 40 1/2 x 21 x 21 inches

Matt Johnson, Star in a Jar, 2011, glass, electronics, 6 1/2 x 3 1/2 x3 1/2 inches, pedestal: 40 1/2 x 21 x 21 inches

From the first time I saw his sculptures in 2003, I’ve been struck by the strange, invisible mystery that flows through most of Matt Johnson’s work. That aspect of his artistic output has been easy to miss, since it has frequently been obscured by the artist’s unusual brand of deadpan humor – (most publicly visible in the emblematic and tiny sculpture of a slice of bread with a face bitten out of it that graced street banners advertising the Hammer Museum’s 2005 THING exhibition.)

Matt Johnson, Breadface, 2004, cast plastic and oil paint, 3 3/4 x 4 x 3/4 inches

Matt Johnson, Breadface, 2004, cast plastic and oil paint, 3 3/4 x 4 x 3/4 inches

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