Thursday, April 09, 2015

Art installation by Lisa Johnson opens TODAY, April 9, at Community Arts Center

Ecotone (detail), by Lisa Johnson. Handmade milkweed, flax, and abaca papers 2012. (Photo courtesy Copper Country Community Arts Center)

HANCOCK -- The Copper Country Community Arts Center announces its new exhibition in the Kerredge Gallery, macho-maynitch... (more or less), an installation by Lisa Johnson, which opens with a reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. TONIGHT, Thursday, April 9, and will be on view through April 30, 2015.

Lisa Johnson is a sculptor and collaborative artist living in Hancock. In her work she combines quilting techniques with fragile papers that she makes from plant species to create ethereal installations.

Sculptor and collaborative artist Lisa Johnson is Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Michigan Tech. (Photo courtesy Lisa Johnson)*

She states, "My practice explores our relationships to landscape and to one another. I am particularly interested in the hidden narratives that make up our sense of personal and ecological place. My work often asks: What is the space between us? And: What does it take to cross it."

Lisa Johnson is Director of the Artist in Residence program at Iowa Lakeside Laboratory, a biological field station in Northwest Iowa -- where she links artists, scientists, and community members to address the varied ecological concerns of the region.* She received her MFA from The University of Iowa in 2012 and is an Assistant Professor of Visual and Performing Arts at Michigan Tech.

The Copper Country Community Arts Center is located at 126 Quincy Street in Hancock. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. This exhibition is supported by a grant from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs with funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information call (906) 482-2333 or visit the website:

* Editor's Note: Sculptor and scenic artist Lisa Johnson, assistant professor in the Visual and Performing Arts Department at Michigan Tech, involved her 2D and 3D Design classes in the art project "People's Climate March art: 30-city wheatpaste action," initiated by the Justseeds Artists' Cooperative. See our Oct. 28, 2014, article, "People's Climate March, Part 3: Home front action -- local art students create People's Climate March posters."

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