- Thursday, October 5, 2017 from 7:00pm to 9:00pm
- Cheever Hall, 215 - view map
Simen Johan (b. Norway) attended film school in Sweden and then moved to New York City in 1992 to continue his studies at the School of Visual Arts where he studied under Duane Michals, James Casebere, and Gregory Crewdson. In 1993, Johan drew attention for his pioneering work merging digital manipulation with traditional darkroom techniques. At a time when digital was in its infancy, Johan found ways to exploit the medium beyond the boundaries of what was then considered possible. In 2005 Johan shifted his focus towards the natural world, at the same time also beginning to create sculptural works. The images in his series Until the Kingdom Comes incorporate elements photographed in a wide variety of locations around the world, including both wild and captive animals.
According to the New Yorker,
“At nearly six feet by eight feet, the largest of these pictures rival natural history dioramas, but very little is natural about this menagerie. A deer in a snowy forest is uncannily white; malevolent snakes curl around sticks and one another in a sunny ravine, like fugitives from Dante’s inferno. Johan undermines even his most convincing fictions, and the nagging sense that something is wrong here keeps viewers just where he wants us: on edge.”
- Christina Z. Anderson