Houston-based artist Tim Johnson probably has paint running through his veins: His mother was a realist painter, his grandmother was an impressionist painter and a host of other family members were artists. A collection of Johnson's own creations is on display at Obsidian Gallery in the exhibition "Tim Johnson: Language of Bones." When creating his mixed-media paintings on lokta, a paper handmade in Nepal, Johnson has said that he looked to "religious observations, sociocultural patterns, political and historical phenomena, personal relationships, emotional and mental paradox and, most of all, my own private dramas." He then transformed these observations into symbolist works that are often, by his own admission, something like riddles: In one image, a hand holds a gun that is shooting out musical bars; in another, pink spots spread across a young woman's face and hair. Some may see the paintings as sinister, others as beautiful and still others as both. Meet Johnson and discuss his artistic evolution at the opening reception 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, March 12. The exhibit continues from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 13, and then closes. 3522 White Oak. For information, call 713-231-8967 or visit www.hardakerandhardaker.com. Free.
March 13-14, 2010