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Artist Chris Johanson's Vans Collection Encourages You to "Be Cool to Your Living World"
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Artist Chris Johanson's Vans Collection Encourages You to "Be Cool to Your Living World"
Hypebeast February 11, 2021

Portland, Oregon-based artist, musician, skater and surfer Chris Johanson has teamed up with Vans for a sustainable capsule that encourages you to “Be Cool to Your Living World.” Consisting of five sneakers plus several pieces of apparel, the offerings from Johanson and the California-based footwear behemoth practice what they preach thanks to mindful materials like eco-rubber compounds, organically grown cotton and much more.

Creativity in the Time of Quarantine
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Creativity in the Time of Quarantine
GQ Magazine May 14, 2020

We asked 24 of our favorite creative minds—including Thom Browne, Dua Lipa, Desus & Mero, Robert Pattinson, and Ottessa Moshfegh—to tell us what they’re discovering about art, and about themselves, in this age of isolation.

Artist Chris Johanson Is Building The Trippiest Boardshed You’ve Ever Seen At The Vans Us Open
by SURFER
Artist Chris Johanson Is Building The Trippiest Boardshed You’ve Ever Seen At The Vans Us Open
SURFER July 24, 2019

There’s an artistic renaissance afoot at the Vans US Open of Surfing this year, and the ever-colorful Chris Johanson is building something awesomely weird right there on the sand. If you’ve paid any attention to the worlds of skateboarding or art over the past few decades, chances are Johanson’s work has struck you with its colorful and humorous tongue-in-cheek impressionism, which has graced the bottom of skateboards and the walls of prestigious galleries alike.

Behind the Exhibit: Chris Johanson: Possibilities
by Kasey Caminiti
Behind the Exhibit: Chris Johanson: Possibilities
Dujour April 2017

Mitchell-Innes & Nash recently debuted a new exhibit in Chelsea, Manhattan, on view from April 6 – May 13, 2017. Chris Johanson: Possibilities showcases new paintings and works on paper that invite you to physically interact with the art.

Chris Johanson at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
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Chris Johanson at Mitchell-Innes & Nash
artspeak April 2017

Possibilities, Johanson’s second solo exhibition at Mitchell-Innes & Nash introduces his whimsical and easy-going West Coast style that has become associated with Mission Art School. Cartoonish drawings, symbols from pop culture, and figures that morph into abstraction appear in bright, sunny colors often times accompanied by text. The artist, who went into the radar of New York art scene with his participation in the 2002 Whitney Biennial, uses different found material he finds on the street, paying homage to his early days as a street artist. 

CHRIS JOHANSON'S "POSSIBLITIES"
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CHRIS JOHANSON'S "POSSIBLITIES"
Juxtapose April 2017

Chris Johanson: Possibilities is an exhibition of new paintings and works on paper on view in an immersive installation at the Mitchell-Innes & Nash’s Chelsea space. Johanson’s work engages with the meditative qualities of art-making and the sincere direct communication through painting and sculpture.

Artforum
By Lauren O'Neill-Butler
Artforum
Chris Johanson Deitch Projects December 2008

Compromising paintings and one large installation, Chris Johanson's second solo exhibition at this gallery was equal parts cryptic and clear-cut, lighthearted and sarcastic, comic and tragic. Most of the artist's new works employ a Crayola palette and are composed of wood he gathered from Brooklyn Dumpsters and discarded art-shipping crates. 

Art in America
By Nancy Princenthal
Art in America
Chris Johanson Deitch Projects December 2008

What does a painting have to apologize for? No answers but contrition aplenty, were at hand in Chris Johanson's installation "Totalities," which presented some three dozen acrylic-on-wood paintings, mounted on rough wooden supports and standing penitently in a circle around a slowly rotating, gray-painted plywood icon.