First snow

I’m in a bit of limbo at the moment while I wait for a canvas order to arrive, so I’ve been clearing and destroying a lot of old work. This one I wasn’t yet able to dismantle, so instead I left it outside to be weathered to see what happens. Overnight we received our first snow of the year. So today I walked out to check on the painting and this is how I found it. There is a hole burned in the first layer of canvas, behind the hole is an aluminum screen, slightly damaged from burning, and behind that is another layer of canvas.


View from the Studio

Working on a number of things in the studio:

60” x 60” canvas is for Falling Snow, a series of 12 paintings, grids of white paint on clear gessoed canvas. Varying in degrees of luminosity and heaviness of brushstroke throughout series, with slight variation made to size of grid on different canvases.

The Silver-Leaf prints of Truncated Cubes on blue paper are going to the framer’s tomorrow so they can hang in a the 10th Anniversary show at Parlor Gallery in February. I’ve thought about calling them Snowflakes, but they will likely be called Truncated Cubes.

I’m steering course guided by a star of inspiration and spending a lot of time in the studio, today I am ordering 6 more canvases for the Falling Snow series.

Joan Baez music video

This video is the result of a collaboration with Max Nova, a friend and fellow video artist who teaches Video Art at NYU and owns the company Optical Animal. Max brought me on board after being hired by Joan as one of ten NYU professors asked to make a video for her newest album. The two of us collaborated on setting up a still life, isolating an object with projection mapping, and making the projection transform the relations between objects in the frame. The difficult task of this project was to never be too obvious with meaning, we wanted to match the feel Joan creates, and to be in conversation with an elusive spirit of the song. 

Artist Talk on "Grid Paintings"

Artist talk in the Nilson Gallery at Monmouth Museum, host to a cohesive body of paintings by Michael Burris Johnson. Part of the New Jersey Emerging Artist Series, this collection of oil paintings based on the grid occupied the gallery from May 29 - June 28 2015. 

To see the written notes that were prepared for the talk visit my blog,