Leasho Johnson is a visual artist working primarily in painting, collage, sculpture, and some digital medium. Johnson uses his experience growing up black, queer, and male to explore concepts around forming identity and the post-colonial condition. Johnson is inspired by Jamaican Dancehall street culture, psychological interiority’s, gender politics, Caribbean mythology, and trauma. He uses cartooning as a mode of abstraction to blur the distinction of stereotype and representation, geography and memory, to reveal or hide western contentions with the black body.
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A series of black paintings created in reference to black abstract paintings like Kasimir Malevich’s Black Square where black the color is seen as non-representational. A refusal where emptiness was the prime objective. I wanted to poke fun at abstraction by think of the color black as highly political. Color is built up by apply different layers of distemper and watercolor, then charcoal. Black oil paint is added on top that in Untitled #3
Charcoal, watercolor, acrylic, distemper, oil stick, oil and Gesso on paper, mounted on canvas, 11.5” x 14.5”
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