Formerly Gallery Diet. Nina Johnson is a contemporary art gallery in Miami that has produced exhibitions by emerging and established artists
Nina Johnson is a contemporary art space in Miami, Florida. Since 2007, the gallery has produced exhibitions by emerging and established artists from around the world. The gallery works alongside artists to produce ambitious projects both within the confines of the gallery space and beyond
"Comin' Thro' the Rye"
October 21st to November 25th, 2017
There is a moment when you view Nicole's paintings in which you are unsure of what you're looking at; a brief second during which your body is drawn to the fluidity of the paint, a moment during which you don't recognize the shame of finding yourself inside a lustful image. The feminist in you then fights against this imposed shame and you are wholeheartedly embraced by the image, by the rapturous feeling of being lost, sweating and draped, pressed into the grass. These paintings force an objective view, an androgynous viewpoint. The process of creating these works, much like the sex they describe, are about the accumulation of energy. At the core is a Kinetic desire to engage with the feeling of being alive right now. This will be Nicole's first solo exhibition in Miami and includes, ink studies, small paintings and several large scale works painted with the bristles of a broom.
September 7th to October 14th, 2017
In 1999, R.M. Fischer was developing what could have been his most complex public art work, a new flight tower for the Miami International Airport, then September 11th happened. It seems fitting to bring Fischer back to Miami amid our current political moment, also fitting to know that both then and now Fischer’s work was functioning as a measure of guidance. Then, as a flight tower, today, as a series of shaman-like creatures, existing practically as lights, but spiritually as morphed sculptural bodies that lead and question the viewer. For Lampworks, Fischer has returned to creating light sculptures, the subject which originally brought his work attention in the 1980’s. The new sculptures pull from decades of working as designer, sculptor, architect and social mediator. Mechano-like metal support structures form the basis of each lamp, around which Fischer wraps, bolts, sews and stretches their vinyl and fabric skins. The elegant, playful skins obscure the more menacing architectural bases in a balance typically only present in the work of artists whose practice has known the rise and fall of currencies, climates and hopes. Pulling from the darkness, but not relinquishing hope, humor or the ability to survive. In a 2014 New York Times review, Roberta Smith said of Fischer, "Mr. Fischer will not be stopped. He will consume his earlier career to keep making art.” On view will be two earlier drawings along with several new light sculptures.