About Recent Work

Before painting, Johnson translates photographs of landscape, disaster sites, and cityscapes into simple linear compositions. Man-made and organic structures provide a guide for textural mark-making and composition. She arranges these images onto transparent overlay collages where the natural world and human footprint are in conversation. Repeating and modifying these shapes, she constructs a scale-less space that pines for harmony, as documentary details dissolve into simpler shapes. Each globular mass is an irreplaceable node in the canvas’ ecosystem. Composition is her subject, and the built environments serve as a meditation on the ways in which abstracted forms exist together. She states “My work is comprised of open natural form structures in a state of reconfigured layers set against an atmospheric background. The aim is to evoke a feeling of confronting what was left behind and what remains.” Johnson uses abstraction to capture the riptide current of moving through an environment. She resists the restful refrain of a horizon line even though cartography and landscape are a constant reference. How do these shapes and forms effect us? Each painting strives for equilibrium, even as it oscillates — a paradox seminal to long-term life in the big city.



email  carriejohnson346@gmail.com

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1980-1982  Yale University MFA

1976-1979  Indiana University BA

design jobs

1979-1980  Design Internship, The Walker Art Center, Minneapolis MN

1982-1984  Publications and Design Fundamentals Instructor, Rutgers University, Newark NY

1984-1989  Free Lance Design, Spy Magazine, Knoll Furniture, Conde Nast

1989-1995  Design and Art Direction, Desgrippes Gobe, NY

1995-2000  Branding and Design, Arnell Group, NY

2013-2014  Furniture and Textile Design, Dana Barnes Design, NY


2001  The Drawing Center,  Fall Selections Exhibition,  35 Wooster Street, NY

2016  Anita Rogers Gallery,  July 26 - September 6,  Summer Group Exhibition,  77 Mercer Street, NY

2018  Nada Miami,  December 6 - 9,  A.I.R. Gallery Artist Editions and Books,  Miami, FL

2019  Lichtundfire,  January 9 - February 3,   Abstract Connectivity Group Show,  175 Rivington Street, NY

2019  A.I.R. Gallery,  February 8 - March 10,  Stratus Lift Solo Show,  155 Plymouth Street, Brooklyn, NY


2016-present  A.I.R. Gallery, New York Member, 155 Plymouth Street, Brookyn NY



Originally from the Midwest now a long time resident of New York City, Carrie Johnson received a B.A. in Fine Arts from Indiana University in 1979. She was an Intern at the Walker Art Center before embarking upon graduate studies in the Yale University MFA program. She graduated with a Design degree in 1982, the same year she received a Ford Foundation Grant and moved to New York City. After a long career working on Design projects, in 2000 she focused solely on producing paintings. She has created painting series titled Scaffolds (2004), Drift (2006), Letters to the Earth (2007), Material (2008), Oregon Road (2010), and Entanglements (2016). She is currently expanding Stratus Lift and Levels as well as Nat Geo collages. In 2001, Johnson participated in Selections Fall 2001: 12 Views at The Drawing Center in New York. She became a member of A.I.R. Gallery in 2016, and was featured in the Summer Group Exhibition at Anita Rogers Gallery in 2016. A limited-edition collage collection, Make the World Run More Smoothly, was published in December 2018 on the occasion of NADA, Miami Beach, Florida, at the A.I.R. Gallery booth. In January 2019, she was included in a group show titled Abstract Connectivity at Lichtundfire. In February 2019, she had a solo show titled Stratus Lift at the A.I.R. Gallery in Brooklyn. Her work is included in numerous private collections and she is based in New York City.