Mark Borghi Fine Art

Gregory Johnston

Biography

 

Gregory Johnston

Ultimate History

Opening Reception

Saturday September 3 from 6-8 pm

 

Mark Borghi Fine Art is pleased to present Gregory Johnston’s Ultimate History, his third show with the gallery. The exhibition will consist of wall sculptures created using the parts of vintage racing automobiles. Included in the show are parts from coveted Ferrari and Porsche racecars. Utilizing over 20 years of experience restoring vintage cars, Johnston has transformed these vintage car parts into pristine reflective sculptural works. Within the gallery setting the forms and colors that have come to represent iconic racing teams take on an archeological narrative, referencing the history and culture surrounding racetracks – an Ultimate History. What’s presented is a simultaneous reference to and analysis of the art of luxury automobiles and their preordained race to the finish line.

 

Porsche and Ferrari both had their start in 1940s Europe, Porsche in Gmund, Austria and Ferrari in Maranello, Italy. Using their iconic forms Johnston latches the historical weight of these manufacturers inextricably to each of his sculptures. Johnston often refers to well known cars from history through the use of decals and racing numbers. The sculptures are made from car hoods, doors, and various other automotive fragments that have each become vital elements of life surrounding the racetrack; a culture that Johnston has studied extensively in his work thanks to childhood memories growing up near Long Beach Grand Prix in Southern California. His style is borne out of his adoration for Abstract painting and classic cars – the sculptures are often framed and set against pixilated or optically illusive patterns. This work is a natural progression from his hand filed, sanded and polished earlier work, which resembled machine made perfection, but were in fact created by hand. This series does not only focus on the perfection of factory production, but also on the exquisiteness that innately occurs over the long life of a vintage car. Johnston presents the full spectrum of the aesthetic possibilities of a racecar– from the carefully rendered rectilinear formal design to the magnificence of a dearly loved entropic object. Through age and function, the works address the bond between creator and creation, car owner and car.

 

Gregory Johnston lives and works in East Hampton, NY. His last solo exhibition before partnering with MBFA was with Joshua Liner Gallery in NYC. Johnston and his work have been written about in Artsy, Hedge Magazine, Artlog, Elle Décor, Palm Beach Daily News and others.

Solo Exhibitions

2014

Chromatic Interactions at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

2013

RPM at Arcature Fine Art, Palm Beach, FL

2012

Gregory Johnston: Recent Work at Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton, NY

Gregory Johnston: Superleggera at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2011

Gregory Johnston: XV at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2009

Gregory Johnston: Passepartout at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2008

Gregory Johnston: Sarabande at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2003

New Works at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

New Works at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

2002

New Works at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2001

Portale di Belgioioso Residency and exhibition, Belgioioso, Italy

New Works at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2000

New Works at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

New Works at Ballard Fetherston Gallery, Seattle, WA

New Works at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

1999

New Works at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

New Works at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

New Works at Margo Jacobsen Gallery, Portland, OR

1998

New Works at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1997

New Works at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

The Red Hook Paintings at Linda Durham Contemporary Art, Galisteo, NM

1996

Recent Paintings Modernism – Again at Eich Space, New York, NY

Valhalla at Larvae Artspace, Brooklyn, NY

 

 

Group Exhibitions

2014

Your Favorite Artist’s Favorite Artist at Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY

Miami Project Art Fair with Joshua Liner Gallery, Miami, FL

2013

Beyond the Linear Expression at TUB Gallery, Miami, FL

Miami Project Artfair with Eric Firestone Gallery, Miami, FL

Texas Contemporary Artfair with Eric Firestone Gallery, Houston, TX

ArtMarkt Artfair, Bridgehampton, NY

A View with a Room at Eric Firestone Gallery, East Hampton NY

2012

Parts and Service at Eric Firestone Gallery East Hampton, NY

Miami Project Artfair with Eric Firestone Gallery, Miami, FL

Texas Contemporary Artfair with Eric Firestone Gallery, Houston, TX

Concurrence at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2011

Connections at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Spectrum at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2010

Nexus at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2009

In Context at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

The Point of Convergence at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Continuum at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2008

Confluence at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY Constant Aesthetic at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2004

Narrative Abstraction at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Constant Aesthetic at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2003

Coda at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Constant Aesthetic at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2002

Surface Fragments at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2001

Constant Aesthetic at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Aesthetic Boundaries at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

2000

Simple Truths at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Paintings at Anderson Contemporary Art, Santa Fe, NM

Surface Tension, Part I at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1999

Outward Bound: American Art on the Brink of the Twenty-first Century travelling exhibition at The Meridian International Center, Washington, DC, The Museum of Fine Arts, Hanoi, Vietnam, The Museum of Fine Arts, Ho Chi Ming City, Vietnam, Painting Institute, Shanghai, China, The Working People’s 3Cultural Palace, Beijing, China The Jakarta Arts Center, Jakarta, Indonesia, The Singapore Museum of Art, Singapore and The Metropolitan Museum, Manila, Philippines

Inclusions at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Signs, Codes, and Surfaces at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1998

Contemporary Markings at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Contemporary Wax at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1997

Group Show at Pace Prints, New York, NY

Group Show at Marcia Wood Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Gestural Minimalism at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

1996

Cultural Markers at Stephen Haller Gallery, New York, NY

Art Market at GenArt, New York, NY

1994

Archipelago at Linda Durham Annex Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

Triskaidekaphobia at Donated Bus Terminal, Santa Fe, NM

Modern Sculpture at Aura Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1993

New Artist Sculpture Exhibition at Aura Gallery, Santa Fe, NM

1992

Winter Sculpture Expo at Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA

Selected Works