Both Steve Cook and Aaron Cordell Johnson were participants in the 2015 "Icons of the West" exhibition, and both artists sold out within the month!
Both are very different artists– Aaron paints most plein air and captures the rolling Palouse of Southern Idaho, while Steve creates vivid and humorous characters out of materials that wouldn't normally be seen as "art." We are happy to welcome both artists into the Dana Gallery space, and are excited to see the new dynamics their work will bring.
Aaron Cordell Johnson:
“As an avid outdoorsman and passionate painter I hope to use my work to heighten our awareness of the significance of our surroundings, such as the way a cloud floats across the sky, how a dead trees branches pierce the sky, or the brilliant complementary colors of fall. Each painting is the culmination of absorbing, listening, feeling and observing my surroundings. “
"I am a self-taught artist and create three-dimensional sculptures from everyday metal objects and found/salvaged pieces. Galleries and Curators refer to this art form as “assemblage”. To me that feels like a foreign title. I simply pick up rusted pieces of castoff junk because I see a sculpture waiting to happen.
Many times an idea for a sculpture comes to me, then I search for type of objects needed to complete the piece. For example; when making a sheep I frequently use springs as the wool and bent forks for eye lashes. Other times an object tells me what it wants to become, an old motorcycle exhaust is transformed into the body of a praying mantis with two spoons comprising the eyes or a motorcycle tank morphs into a buffalo head.
My sculptures are often kinetic as well as humorous. I get great joy from watching how people interact with the movement and I especially love to see them smiling and laughing at my creations."