Peter Christian Johnson's Solo Exhibition at Sculpture Space NYC
Peter Christian Johnson, Assistant Professor in Ceramics, has a solo exhibition called "Acts of Contrition” at Sculpture Space NYC. The exhibition is on view through November 17, 2018.
"Acts of Contrition" explores the tension between toil and collapse, between precision and failure. It is a meditation on entropy that uses architecture as a foil to examine human nature and the dichotomy of creation and destruction.
In this exhibition Johnson utilizes the language of scaffolding as a means to craft a conversation about formation and repair. The scaffolded network that makes up the sculptures create an interplay between the disparate clay and concrete objects dispersed throughout . Many of these elements capitalize on the pyro-plastic nature of ceramic material by employing gravity as a transformative weight used to bend and distort Johnson’s complex porcelain structures during the firing process. These objects expose the relationship between soft and hard, the fluidity of a membrane, and the moment of intersection between these contrasting elements. The arduous process of their creation coupled with the grace found in their collapse begins to speak to the paradox of the human condition.