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"Horror Vacui - Fear of Empty Spaces" by Swedish artist, Michael Johansson
Monday, December 5th 2011, 19:00 - 21:00 *Booking required


From left: Strolls through time and space, 2009 / Monochrome Anachron, 2008 / Self Contained, 2010 / Ghost II, 2009

AIT is happy to host a talk by the current artist in resident, Michael Johansson on Monday, Dec 5th.

Michael Johansson is the 2011 IASPIS artist in resident with AIT, staying in Tokyo for three months. Johansson's works are sculptural installations using everyday objects stacked in highly complex formations so that they become almost solid geometric forms, reminiscent of Minimalist sculpture. An avid collector of 'things', Johansson's art practice is intimately connected to his interest in place as a point of departure and research. Johansson has said that his dense sculptures and the city of Tokyo share a certain parallel in terms of being 'packed'. In this talk the artist will speak about his works using images. The title of the talk evokes a contrasting emotion to his interest in density.

The talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation by AIT staff.

Date and Time: Monday, December 5th 2011, 19:00 - 21:00
Organized by: Arts Initiative Tokyo [AIT]
Funded by: IASPIS
Venue: AIT Room Daikanyama (Twin Bldg. Daikanyama B-403, 30-8 Sarugaku-cho, Shibuya-ku) [ MAP ]
Capacity: 30. Booking Required.
Admission: JPY1000 (JPY800 for Students and AIT Base Members / Free for AIT House and Support Members)
Other details: Admission comes with 1 free drink, talk will be in English with consecutive Japanese translation

Send an email with its subject as "AIT ARTIST TALK #55" to otoiawase@a-i-t.net, including your name, and contact.

[ Michael Johansson BIOGRAPHY ]


After studies at the Art Academy in Trondheim, Norway, and Kunsthochschule Berlin Weissensee, Germany, Johansson took his masters degree at Malmö Art Academy, Sweden, 2005. After that he has taken part of several residencies, exhibited frequently both within and outside of Sweden, and constantly developed new work. He currently lives and works in Malmö, Sweden. www.michaeljohansson.com

Selected solo exhibitions
2011 Recollection, Ystad Konstmuseum, Ystad (SE)
   Luleå Konsthall, Luleå (SE)
   Familiar Abstractions, The Flat - Massimo Carasi, Milan (IT)
2010 TÄTT, Växjö Konsthall (SE)
   Galerie Ramakers, Den Haag (NL)
   Haninge Konsthall (SE)

Selected group exhibitions
2011 Space Invaders, Nikolaj Kunsthal, Copenhagen (DK)
   Norsk Skulpturbiennale, Vigeland-museet, Oslo (NO)
   La Vie Mode d'Emploi, Meessen De Clercq, Brussels (BE)
   Overlap. Den Frie Kunstbygning, Copenhagen (DK)
   If on a winter's day a traveller..., Bologna Art First, Bologna (IT)
2010 Spår, Malmö Konstmuseum, Malmö, (SE)
   BGO1, Bergen Kunstmuseum, Bergen (NO)
   Space Invaders, Netherlands Media Art Institute, Amsterdam (NL)
   Moscow International Biennual for Young Art, Moscow Museum
   of Modern Art (RU)
   Umedalen Skulptur, Galleri Andersson/Sandström, Umeå (SE)