2009 by A. Johnson
Found 09/2014, Goodwill (2222 and Lamar)
Full image here.
Few pieces in the field of collage are packed with this much agency: open hands, giving hands, hands overcoming adversity. The artwork in Dream is strong—detailed and realistic hands in a variety of poses—the weight of the paper cutouts overshadows them.
Is it accurate to call Dream a work of collage? In terms of space, the bulk of Dream comprises traditional artwork, text, and hazy background. Yet hand-shaped paper cutouts evoke the elementary school classroom, and ground the sophisticated imagery of Dream in the simple, innocent, and concrete.
Dream is a variation and expansion of the idea of the gifts of he spirit (“But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love.” 1. Corinthians 13) To that, Johnson adds dream, serenity, freedom, relaxation, and others. But central to the piece, and to the scripture it’s based on, is love, which seems to reach out in every direction to inform the overall image.