Issue 11, by visual artist Chris Johanson, is a set of handmade ceramic wine cups designed by Chris and created in collaboration with Pigeon Toe Ceramics in Portland. The issue comes complete with a poster of the Moon rising and instructions for drinking wine and relaxing with friends. The bottom of each cup has the text, "I wish you well."
February 2010 - April 2010
Chris Johanson grew up in San Francisco and is well known for his paintings, sculptures, and installations depicting the human experience and the resulting physical world people inhabit together. Johanson has developed his own personal pictorial language, mixing many mediums and what he refers to as “selfish expressionism” or “the life arts.”
For over a decade, Johanson has been transforming the commonplace activities of the day-to-day into simple stories, frozen in time for us to observe. He comments on the age of consumerism, the corporate ladder, as well as modern psychological phenomena such as self-help and psychotherapy. He creates a world where nudist dancers, emotionally centered people, forest energy, abstract rainbows and “good vibes” exist next to a sinister comic edge sometimes reflecting the human experience’s darkest places.
Johanson has exhibited his works worldwide including exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.