Featuring: Aja Johnson and Paul Theriault
On View: November 9 – December 16, 2017
Reception: Saturday, November 18, 7-9pm
Auction Party: Friday, December 15, 7-9pm
In FOUND / KEPT / GIVEN, Aja Johnson and Paul Theriault find resonance in the raw materials of each other’s work, exploring the continued life of discarded objects and the fleeting nature of the creative act.
The two artists have exchanged finished paintings and embroideries, offering these up to the other for them to reshape and reimagine. The results will be combined one final time in the gallery, as their patchwork of discrete acts of destruction and creation is arranged into a grid on the gallery wall. Shown beside original, unaltered works from each artist, the resulting quilt will invite the viewer to question the paradoxical nature of the creative act – fleeting yet enduring; unique yet never isolated.
The exhibition includes thirty-six small works created collaboratively by the artists. Each artist started eighteen pieces, then swapped to allow the other artist to complete the work. As a continuation of this collaborative exchange, these works will be auctioned off, and all proceeds will be donated to Gallery 263 to support future creative explorations. Bids will be accepted at the gallery throughout the exhibition. Bidding will close at the Auction Party on December 15.