Aaron Johnson lives and works in Brooklyn, and holds an MFA from Hunter College, NYC, 2005. His work has been included in museum exhibitions at The Museum of Modern Art, Mass MoCA, The Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art, The Knoxville Museum of Contemporary Art, and The Katzen Center at American University. His work has been exhibited at galleries internationally, including Gallery Poulsen, Copenhagen; Stux Gallery, NY; Joshua Liner Gallery, NY; Marlborough Gallery, NY; and Gallery Brandstrup, Oslo. He is the recipient of awards including the MacDowell Colony Fellowship, the Yaddo residency, the Marie Walsh Sharpe Space Program residency, and the CCA Andtrax residency in Mallorca, Spain.
Deer in the Headlights: a Romantic American Tragedy in a Pickup Truck. This scene captures lovers in one last kiss before death, the road kill death of a big buck, the shimmering shatter of windshield, the American idyll of the country road snaking a sublime Wild West landscape, and the release of a swarm of spirits into the infinite starry cosmos. I prepped templates for this print by painting on layers of clear mylar, keeping every color isolated for translation into silk screen. This method is akin to my reverse painting process, so the methodology flowed organically from my studio to the Kayrock studio.