Chris Johanson is an artist who works in various mediums including painting and sculpture. His work is influenced by DIY aesthetics, humor, subcultures, and the struggles and victories of everyday existence.
In this episode of Art School, we catch up with Johanson at the famed Adobe Books in San Francisco’s Mission District where he spent many of his formative years as an artist. In town for a public art exhibition curated by SFMOMA as well as a signing for his new monograph published by Phaidon, Johanson reflected on the past decade of his career and shared his philosophies on art making.
In a second video, Johanson demonstrates how to create a painting based on personal expression in a Venn diagram format, an art lesson developed for students in partnership with SFMOMA for their project, Open Studio: Artist-Designed Classroom Activities.