The Illustration & Design World of Zach Johnsen

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SHADOW CABINET REPORT PART 3Wednesday, February 26, 2014
I'm a little over 2 weeks out from the opening at Cave Gallery. The body of work is really coming together now. I'd say over 80% of the painting is done.. Really just putting the finishing touches on these pieces now.. Have a look at some snaps from my studio as of late..

Shadow Cabinet opens March 15th in Los Angeles.

There is a great show up right now at Hellion Gallery in Portland this month.. Reverse Engineered is a special two part show featuring AJ FosikJsheaSouther SalazarTroy CoultermanMichael Alm and Yosakay YamamotoPart 1 will feature sculpture work from each artist at Hellion Gallery on the first Thursday of February.  For part 2, I will be curating the Antler Gallery space.  This part will feature 2d companion pieces to the sculpture work from each artist.

Hellion Opening Reception – February 13th at 6pm (show closes on 3/1)
Antler Opening Reception – February 27th at 6pm (show closes on 3/29)

I had a chance to check out the Hellion Gallery segment of this show and it was goooood....

Souther Salazar

AJ Fosik

Joe Shea

Detail of Joe Shea's piece

Detail of Souther's install..

Not sure who this is, but love these guys!

Troy Coulterman

Troy Coulterman

Troy Coulterman

Yoskay Yamamoto

Another detail of Souther's installation..

Go check this out if you can!

ACID PRINT SUITE NO. 1 - EPHEDRINETuesday, February 4, 2014

Something I've been toying with for a while now, is having an exclusively online exhibition.. ie creating artwork in my studio and sharing really only with my newsletter peoples out there in internet land. Well I think 2014 is the year I'm going to institute this online art forum... starting now, February 3rd, 2014.

The art show will take the form of a 6 part print suite; 1 new piece of art, released as a fine art reproduction, every 2 months over the course of 2014. Each reproduction will be limited to 50 pieces each, with the possibility of 10-15 additional hand embellished options. Those loyal patrons who buy all 6 reproductions throughout the year will receive an additional free Acid print with the 6th and final Acid shipment. By the end of 2014, who knows? Maybe I will find a physical gallery address to exhibit the 6 works.. Or maybe I will roll them into a bonafied physical exhibition of Acid Works in 2015. To be determined!

For now, I'm setting off the 2014 Acid Print Suite with February's release, Ephedrine... a focus enhancing, appetite suppressing drug with a similar chemical compound as adrenaline, which we produce naturally. Ephedrine has properties like speed.. something which brings up productivity while also suppressing hunger.

For years now, I have been infatuated with the notion of increased productivity. I've never understood the idea of the ever expanding market... the ever expanding city... the ever expanding waist line. We hear the endless tirade across the political spectrum on the benefits of expanding growth and expanding markets. NEVER is there talk of reigning in consumption or sprawl.. Reigning in growth is bad for the economy after all. Well, my question is, what happens when a company, or a city, or an economy, or a family unit just never stops growing... keeps expanding and ballooning in size and consumption.. moving increasingly faster and more efficiently.. never stopping to consider the consequences or the repercussions.. ever operating at an increasingly frantic and productive pace. Well of course the answer is.. that system explodes!

Ephedrine is an edition of superb quality giclee prints of the original artwork, printed on archival heavyweight watercolor fine art paper. Size is 20x24". Edition of 50.

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