Ron Johnson in the Cool Spot Lounge

May 23-August 4, 2013

Widely admired for his abstract paintings on panels, Ron Johnson also modulates color, shape, line, and transparency to stunning effect in large-scale, architecturally integrated installations—most recently, in a new work made for the gallery’s summer lounge. Painting, cutting, layering, and folding strips of Mylar, he manipulates the translucency of this plastic film to create an ephemeral experience for the viewer that changes with light and movement.

Over the past decade, Johnson’s work has been featured in multiple exhibitions in New York, Paris, and Richmond, among other locations. This spring, he completed a large-scale commission for the new McGlothlin Medical Education Center on VCU’s medical campus, his most ambitious installation to date. Since receiving his MFA from VCU in 2003, he has served as Assistant Professor and Administrative Director of the Department of Painting and Printmaking.