Sarah Anne Johnson

Sarah Anne Johnson

Canada 1976


Sarah Anne Johnson
Sarah Anne Johnson
October 27, 2015
Ok, I know it's so damn corny to quote somebody just to describe yourself, let alone Confucius, but this quote says all about my relationship with Widewalls, so forgive me for doing this: Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life. Am I forgiven?

Sarah Anne Johnson is a Canadian artist who works in various mediums presenting such themes as nature or idealism.

Johnson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, in Canada, in 1976. She received her BFA from the University of Manitoba as well as MFA from the Yale University School of Art.

Through her photography, Johnson explores communal experiences. While doing it, she focuses on the troubled relationship humanity has with its own environment. Her artwork is actually a playful but also very considered approach to the search of the utopia. Johnson’s scenes are part imaginary and part real, like, for example her images of Lake Ontario – which simply echoe the natural landscape while lying just beyond the city edge.

Mountain City: Trip to the Arctic Circle

Sarah Anne Johnson - Mountain City, 2011
Sarah Anne Johnson – Mountain City, 2011

Johnson’s series titled Arctic Wonderland was based on her trip to the Arctic Circle in 2011, where she stayed for 12 days. In 2009, she made sculpture and did a performance with clear reflection on her family history. It is titled House on Fire, focusing on Sarah’s memory of her grandmother, who was a part of brutal experimental treatment for depression. Using family photographs, she created some sort of surreal monochromatic sculptures of her grandmother.

Backwards from the House on Fire

Sarah Anne Johnson - Backwards, 2009
Sarah Anne Johnson – Backwards, 2009

Johnson’s work is included in many collections like The Guggenheim Museum, New York, and The National Gallery of Canada. She won numerous grants and awards, including The Grange Prize, granted by the Art Gallery of Ontario and Aeroplan, and a Major Grant from the Manitoba Arts Council.

The artist is represented by Stephen Bulger Gallery, in Toronto.

Sarah Anne Johnson currently lives in Winnipeg, Canada.

All images copyright © the artist

YearExhibition TitleGallery/MuseumSolo/Group
2016Hospital HallwayImages Festival, Toronto, ONSolo
2016TBAMcMichael’s Gallery, Kleinburg, ONSolo
2015Sarah Anne Johnson Wonderland, 2002 to 2014Contemporary Art Museum Raleigh, NCSolo
2015Best BeachWeston Harbour Castle Convention Centre Photography Mural, Toronto, ONSolo
2015The Sobey Art AwardGallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NSSolo
2015Hospital HallwaySouthern Alberta Art Gallery, Lethbridge, ABSolo
201527 7 Killing ItDivision Gallery, Montreal, QCSolo
2015XenotopiaGibberd Gallery, Harlow, UKSolo
2015Material GirlsDunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SKGroup
2015The pen moves across the earth; it no longer knows what will happen and the hand that holds it has disappearedBlackwood Gallery, Mississauga, OntarioGroup
2015Now? NOW!Biennial of the Americas, Denver, COGroup
2014Nei Xiao Wai Bao IN&OUTsourceThe Art Gallery of Nanjing University of the Arts, ChinaGroup
2014Oh Canadatouring several locations in CanadaGroup
2014She Made a Day be a Day Heretouring several locations in CanadaGroup
2014The Combinationalcurated by Paul Carey Kent, studio1.1, London, UKGroup
2014LandMarkJulie Saul Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014Magnetic North1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2014Glam North:Doris McCarthy and Her New ContemporariesDoris McCarthy Gallery, University of TorontoGroup
2014WonderlustStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2013WonderlustJulie Saul Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2013Three Wise GuysCommission for Louis Vuttion Store, Toronto, ONSolo
2013Asleep in the WoodsCommission for The Bank of Montreal Project Room, Toronto, ONSolo
2013Arctic WonderlandDivision Gallery, Montreal, QCSolo
2013Under My SkinFlowers Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2013They Made a Day be a Day HereArt Gallery of Grande Prairie, Grande Prairie, ABGroup
2012BuildersThe Canadian Biennial, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ONGroup
2012Photography IsHigher Pictures Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2012Spectral LandscapesModern Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, Toronto, ONGroup
2012Watch This Space: Contemporary Art from the AGO CollectionAGO, Toronto, ONGroup
2012Oh CanadaMassachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, MAGroup
2012True NorthAnchorage Museum, Anchorage, AKGroup
2012Winnipeg NowWinnipeg Art Gallery, Winnipeg, MBGroup
2012My WinnipegPlug In Gallery, Winnipeg, MBGroup
2012The Perfect StormJulie Saul Gallery, New York, NYGroup
2011My WinnipegLa Maison Rouge, Paris, FRGroup
2011My WinnipegMusée International des Arts Modestes, Sète, FranceGroup
2011The Sobey Art AwardGallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax NSGroup
2011Global NatureOrganized by the CMCP, Kamloops Art Gallery, Kamloops, BCGroup
2011Open SeasonFlanders Gallery, Raleigh, NCGroup
2011Arctic WonderlandJulie Saul Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2011Arctic WonderlandStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2010Dancing with the DoctorAce Art Inc, Winnipeg, MBSolo
2010Haunted: Contemporary Photography, Video, PerformanceGuggenheim Museum, New York, NYGroup
2010Out of The WoodsLeslie Tonkonow Artworks and Projects, New York, NYGroup
2010It is what it isRecent Acquisitions of New Canadian Art, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa, ONGroup
2009Windows and MirrorsJulie saul gallery, New York, NYGroup
2009House on FireJulie Saul Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2009House on FireArt Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ONSolo
2009New WorkIllingworth Kerr Gallery, Calgary, ABSolo
2008ReThinking Landscape: Contemporary Photography from the Allen G. Thomas, Jr. CollectionTaubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, NCGroup
2007ElsewhereThe University of South Florida Contemporary Art Museum, Tampa, FLGroup
2007Guggenheim Collection: 1940s to NowNational Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, AUGroup
20075th Biennale de MontrealCentre International d’Art Contemporian de Montreal, QCGroup
2007The Galapagos ProjectStephen Bulger Gallery, Toronto, ONSolo
2007The Galapagos ProjectJulie Saul Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2007L’Enfant de CartierTheatre de la Photographie et de l’Image, Nice, FRGroup
2006The Female MachineSister Gallery, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006StiffGallery 4000′, Chicago, ILGroup
2006Soft RadicalCompact Space, Los Angeles, CAGroup
2006Either Side of EdenPlug In RCA, Winnipeg, MBGroup
2006Under 30Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita, KSGroup
2006In the ForestBucket Rider Gallery, Chicago, ILSolo
2006Either Side of EdenPlug In, Institute of Contemporary Art, Winnipeg, MBSolo
2006Tree PlantingPlatform Gallery, Winnipeg, MBSolo
2005Tree PlantingDuke University, Durham, NCSolo
2005Tree PlantingReal Art Ways, Hartford, CTSolo
2005Tree PlantingJulie Saul Gallery, New York, NYSolo
2005ImprintsCanadian Museum of Contemporary Photography, Ottawa, ONGroup
2005J’en ReveFoundation Cartier, Paris, FRGroup
2005On TransitMexicali, MXGroup
2004DreamweaversYancey Richardson Gallery, NYGroup