Johanna Bolton: BODY BUILDING
“The origin of this work [for Bolton] was a photography project with the intention to find poses with strong shapes that could be viewed as parts of a series – either a series of movements or a system of symbols, a kind of semi-semiotic archive of shapes.
During lockdown, the photographs were reworked into patterns in two- and three dimensions. The pillars are also a play on Caryatids, greek pillars shaped as women working hard to hold up the roof.
I wanted to see the work filling a room, a kind of gesamtkunstwerk, where the bodies in the patterns were the same size as the people looking at them. I was very excited to get this opportunity to exhibit in the Small House Gallery, where it is possible to play with the scale.
The work has also been placed in a virtual space to make it possible to experience the work in another unusual environment.
(The virtual exhibition must be viewed on a laptop or desktop. It is best to use Chrome if possible. The upload can take up to one minute, which feels longer than it sounds. Once it has uploaded, use the mouse to move your view, and the arrows to move around the space.)“
Johanna Bolton is a Swedish artist living in London. She works mostly with sculpture, often in combination with installation, photography and performance. She won the 2021 Gilbert Bayes Award from the Royal Society of Sculptors, and has upcoming exhibitions in Rome, Lisbon and London.
Past projects include a research residency at Kew Herbarium, a commission at the Bomberg Legacy Archive at London South Bank University and an exhibition at Gerlesborgs Konsthall in Sweden. Johanna had her first solo show in 2018 at Borough Road Gallery.
Artist website www.johannabolton.com