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Leslie Johnson


The Crafts and Fine Art
Visiting address
Kristinelundsgatan 6-8
41137 Göteborg
Postal address
Box 131
40530 Göteborg

About Leslie Johnson

LESLIE JOHNSON (b. 1955, Illinois) lives and works in Bärfendal, Sweden. Johnson received her BA from Connecticut College in 1978, and continued studies at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and the New School for Social Research, New York. Her work has been exhibited in Moscow, New York, and widely in Scandinavia, where she has worked at the Valand School of Fine Arts in Gothenburg, Sweden as an educator, researcher, and Director (2003-11). Johnson has had solo exhibitions at Forever & Today, New York City (2012), 1 Shanthi Road, Bangalore, India (2012); Galleri 54, Gothenburg, Sweden (2005); Borås Konstmuseum, Sweden (2004); and Galleri Paletten, Gothenburg, Sweden (2001). With a belief in the possibility of having art in all corners of society, she has exhibited work in public places throughout Sweden such as Gothenburg Azalea Park (2011), medical centers in Hunnebostrand (2011) and Strömstad (2012), the library in Kungshamn (2000) and the Gothenburg-Landvetter Airport, as well as public art commissions for the city of Gothenburg. "Totemistic" in a park in Majorna and "Välkomna alla Väder" in Hammarkullen. Johnson has produced self-published artist books and publications since 1984, and has been published in Swedish art journals Ord & Bild, Paletten, and Art Monitor, among others. She received grants from the Swedish State Arts Council, Society Gnistan, and the city of Gothenburg. In 2010 she was invited to Residencia Internacional de Artistas en Argentina in Buenos Aires (RIAA) leaving a work in a private colelction in Estende. Work is otherwise represented in private and public collections, including the Swedish State Collection, West Sweden Region, Borås, Västerås, and Gothenburg Art museums. Printmaking was a technical basis of knowledge, but working through diverse materials and techniques lead to thematic installations. A cornerstone of her teaching projects is "the exhibition" or meeting the public. Students collaborate in response to a particular site or situation developing work individually or collaboratively from their oeuvre. As Director of Valand she worked with curriculum and program development during the Bologna process. She developed a Valand summer program and a post-grad Independent Study/teaching Assistant program as well as International exchange projects with CCA (San Francisco). A book in collaboration with CCA "Bergsjön Public" documented the summer course based on "social sculpture" and Bergsjön. An International masters program and preparation for masters studies in Europe were the basis for collaboration with Institute for Problems in Contemporary Art (Moscow) with Director Joseph Backstein between 2003 and 2011. She was project leader and participant in the Artistic Faculty of GU research project ”Education Annex” about site-specific education outside the walls of the institution, 2005. She developed student exchanges with Concordia University (Montreal) and SFAI as well.

Currently in her practice she works with installation which also includes time based work, performance and video.