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Figural Pieces Full of Motion and Unease


Unwieldy sculptures of Ryan Johnson, entitled Self Storage, meditates on the messiness of life in transition, whether between independence and family or childhood and adulthood. The sculptures are large, some well above 13 feet tall, and more figurative than Johnson’s past work. The Perfectionist shows a Giacometti-esque figure attempting to balance a pyramid of oranges on his or her skull while strapped with heavy stone-like “baggage.” In Bicycle, two abstracted figures squeeze onto a bike with six wheels, mimicking motion. All of the work is beautifully crafted. Rocking Horse is a wilder version of its namesake, painted a watery blue, with prickling sharp edges. via

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