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The Chester Art Centre Presents
Marley Johnson
Gathering

Opening reception: Friday November 1, 6 – 8pm
Gallery Hours: Saturday, November 2, 11am – 3pm, Sunday, November 3, 11am – 3pm

Marley’s research and practice focuses on what it means to gather. He opens up painting to areas of assemblage and an emphasis on how materials come together. He uses found materials, natural pigments to dye his canvas such as Iron mordant, copper oxide, acorns and cabbage. He includes Japanese paper using dry brush marks to pick up the texture of large rocks from around Nova Scotia, playing with the relationship between reproduction and nature. Marley also constructed a few different series comprised on watercolour paper, and smaller works on dyed canvas taking on hybrid forms of the same concept. These materials are gathered, cut out, collaged, sewn, drawn and painted into gestural spaces. Inspired by Coney Islands epic spirit during the 1920’s, Marley draws figuratively the power of collective energy, embracing the souls desire to reconstruct and strive for innovation and newness.

Marley Johnson is a visual artist, working fluidly between painting drawing and assemblage. He is currently completing his MFA at Concordia University. He completed his BFA at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design and studied at Cooper Union Visual Arts In New York. He began his studies in visual arts at Western University in London Ontario and then transferred to NSCAD in 2015. Marley has completed two residencies starting at the Lunenburg School of Art followed by the OUGallery in British Columbia.

Marley has completed a two-month residency supported by the Donald Curley Artist in Residency Fund and the Chester Art Centre is excited to present the culmination of his new work in the "Gathering" exhibition.