In Circumscribe, Rindon Johnson’s first institutional solo show in Europe, the artist examines material and conceptual forms of circulation and containment in relation to capital and consumption, as well as language, images, bodies, and technologies. Alongside existing works of painting and sculpture, the exhibition features new videos and virtual reality works, a site-specific livestream installation, and a soundtrack produced in collaboration with Milo McBride.
Johnson’s inquiries begin with language and return to it through the titles of his works, each of which emerges through the constant triangulation of poetry, the video or object, and the viewer. In this collision of language, object, and viewer, Johnson explores the complex hierarchies that structure our societies, challenging their legitimacy and legibility. He does so by introducing radical subjectivity and intimacy to the work and by indulging in moments of ambiguity and ambivalence. Through language, Johnson draws attention to the often invisible but acute violence that permeates his—and our—everyday lived experience. Meaning, however, is obscured and continually questioned; each articulation is thereby also an act of refusal: a refusal to comply and a refusal to disappear. Instead we witness a desire to overcome the binding states, the containers, and categories that define us.
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