Rashid Johnson


Currently on view at the James Harris Gallery in Seattle is “Dark Matters,” new works by Rashid Johnson. The artist creates work through a variety of different media such as photography, video, sculpture and painting, all centered on ideas of race, identity and sexuality found in contemporary culture. For “Dark Matters,” the artist is exhibiting the large-scale photographs of a nude white woman that hangs opposite a photo of a famous African-American physicist. Both photographs examine notions of identity, race and the art historical roles of portraiture, the female nude and the male gaze. Johnson is currently preparing for solo projects with the 404 Arte Contemporanea in Naples, Italy, as well as the Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago, in which he is currently featured in a group exhibition, “How do I Look.” The artist is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute and Columbia College, both in Chicago. Recently, Johnson was featured in “The Production of Escapism” at the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art and in the LISTE, The Young Art Fair in Basel, Switzerland.