Approved: 04.05.2011

Lorna Milner Johnson

Artist, Maker

Approved: 04.05.2011

Working predominantly to make artist-made objects, sculptural installations/assemblages, collage and photography, my work is inclusive and experimental. Whilst there is a respect for the traditions of the techniques, I try to offer a refreshing open approach to the materials and methods that might be utilised.

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    Working predominantly to make artist-made objects, sculptural installations/assemblages, collage and photography, my work is inclusive and experimental. Whilst there is a respect for the traditions of the techniques, I try to offer a refreshing open approach to the materials and methods that might be utilised.

    My instinct as an artist is to cherrypick and I see this as part of my role as an artist. I am drawn to objects and materials where the monetary value is questionable: materials, objects, trades etc. that could be perceived as more disposable and non-precious i.e. it’s not made of gold, something else can replace it, not usually kept for long, there’s only a scrap left, the preservation/wrapping was minimal. Visually this is explored through the combinations of materials and quantities of items that I choose to use and make, and the association’s people may have with both material and object.

    My site-specific pieces have engaged with objects and materials that have particular place meaning; a process of importing a history, to export it back out to the place in reference. To either reinforce an already acknowledged site or industry heritage to the viewer; or reawaken a heritage that should be remembered.

    I am currently undertaking a part-time practice-based PhD (Leeds University) My research is looking at; Yorkshire Hoards – Understanding the objective/ subjective value of the objects we continue to earmark, lay, maintain, stow, put away through the artist’s edit.

    CV & Education

    Group Exhibitions:

    2016

    • May: The Victorian Dinner Table, Leeds Library, Leeds

    2015

    • Sept: Artist book exhibition at Staithes Festival, Staithes Festival Of Arts And Heritage 2015 
    • Aug - Nov: Del azul mar al negro abysmal, Museo Maritimo Del Cantabrico, Santander 
    • June - July: South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford 
    • March: Curio•sea•ty, Project Space, East Street Arts, Leeds 

    2014

    • Oct - Nov: Leeds Revisited, BIG-Gallery, Dortmund, Germany
    • Oct: So Far So Awesome: The [Re] Enchantment Imperative, Fountains Hall, Fountains Abbey, Ripon
    • Aug: The Whales of August, Wayfarers, Brooklyn, USA

    2013

    • Nov – Dec: My Head is an Animal, South Square Gallery, Thornton, Bradford
    • Oct: Salon Show, East Street Arts, Leeds
    • Sept: Sampler – East Street Arts on Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York, USA
    • March: Leeds International Book Fair, Parkinson Court, University of Leeds, Leeds
    • Feb-May: S’Long As It’s Yours, Gallery Aferro, Newark, New Jersey, USA

    2011

    • May-June: Lost Properties, FAB – Bath’s Annual Fringe Visual Arts Festival, Bath
    • Dec: The One Day Salon, East Street Arts, Leeds
    • Oct: Drawing Connections, Siena Art Institute, Siena
    • Oct: 3rd Sheffield International Artist's Book Prize, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
    • Sept: Vending Machine: an Installation, Elysium Gallery & ART-E-MOTION: Microclima, Venice                                                                           
    • July-Sept: CART, Current Gallery, Baltimore, USA
    • June: Benefit Exhibition/Auction, Gallery Aferro  Newark, New Jersey, USA
    • June: Holmfirth Art Festival, Owd Towser, Holmfirth, Huddersfield
    • March: Home from Home, 14th Contemporary Artists’ Book Fair, Leeds
    • Jan: The January Sales, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield

    2010

    • July: The Canvas project Volume 3, Art House Co-op, Brooklyn Library, NY, USA
    • June: Benefit Exhibition/Auction, Gallery Aferro, Newark, New Jersey, USA
    • Jan: The Big Sale, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield

    2009

    • Dec: The Big Hang, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
    • June: Benefit Exhibition/Auction, Gallery Aferro, Newark, New Jersey, USA
    • May: Leeds Art Fair 2009, The Light, Leeds - Exhibition publicity artist
    • Feb-Mar: Salon Doppelganger 09, Torhaus Rombergpark Stadtische Galerie Dortmund,Germany     

    2008

    • Nov: Salon, Patrick Studios, East Street Arts, Leeds  
    • Nov: Multitude - The Studio Programme, East Street Arts, Leeds  
    • June-Aug: Time and Space, The Bowery, Leeds
    • May: On Your Wall Too, Leeds Metropolitan Gallery, Leeds

    2007

    • Nov-Dec: RGB, South Square Gallery, Thornton 
    • Sept: Miniature Art Show, 42 New Briggate Gallery, Leeds
    • April: Springboard, in collaboration with Selection Box and the Route Map Scheme, Leeds

    2006 - 2003

    • Dec: Postcard Show, Surface Gallery, Nottingham 
    • Sept: Open Exhibition, Hope Gallery, Halifax           
    • July: Annual Open Exhibition, Leeds City Art Gallery, Leeds                     
    • June - July: Lost and Found, Lancaster University Degree Show, The Peter Scott Gallery, Lancaster    

     

    Art fairs:

    • Aug 12: P(AF) NYC, 82 Mercer Street, New York, NY 10012,USA
    • July 11:Parallax Art Fair, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, London

    Collaborative Projects:

    • Jun 14 - Mar 15: Curio•sea•ty, Arts council funded project - a collaboration with Hondartza Fraga
    • July - Aug 12: In-Tension, Leeds  - Mail art project
    • Oct 11: Headlies, Vanguard Exhibition as part of the Contemporary Experimental Art Archive, London                                          

    Collections:

    • Oct 11: Siena Art Institute, Siena
    • Oct 11: Bank Street Arts, Sheffield
    • July 10: Brooklyn Library, NY, USA
    • June 09,10, 11: Gallery Aferro, Newark, New Jersey, USA

    Commissioned Projects:

    • May 2016: The Victorian Dinner Table, Leeds Gallery, Leeds Library, Leeds
    • Dec 15 - Feb 16?: East Street Arts, Art Hostel ‘Curio•sea•ty’ room commission, Leeds
    • April 2013: Woolgather Vending Machine Project, Leeds

    Competitions:

    • April-May 08: Northern Design Competition 2008 - Panel Judge

     Residencies:

    • Nov – Dec 10: Holding your knife and fork properly, Bank Street Arts, Sheffield