Julienne Johnson attended an exhibition in 2007 at LA Artcore Gallery to see the work of her beloved teacher and mentor, Franklyn Liegel (1950-2012) . Now, six years later - you can see her work in an exhibition along side Liegel's at the same gallery, for an exhibition by the same curator, Lydia Takeshita. The Franklyn Liegel Memorial Exhibition will take place, Sept 4 - Sept 29, commemorating "one of LA's most inspiring teachers, gentlest eccentrics and most under known talents" says Peter Frank, Art Critic, Huffington Post, and Associate Editor of Fabrik Magazine.
On exhibit will be works from Johnson’s newest series, TOUCHED, which is a part of, and culminates her T O U C H M E T O U C H Y O U collection of workswhich has been her focus since January 2012. She found her passion fueled by her exhibition in Doha, Qatar (March 2012). Because it was in Doha that Johnson had her first opportunity for interaction with women wearing the complete Hijab (faces covered). The Anima Gallery presented her paintings, and she was the sole American artist with artists from 13 other countries.
Johnson tends to paint a subject until she has said all that she has to say about it. T O U C H M E T O U C H Y O U was the theme of her July, 2012 solo exhibition at TAG Gallery; later paintings were exhibited at Artcore - Brewery Annex this past March.
Johnson explains, “The 10 artworks series, which Peter Frank called "reliefs" in his essay, became so dramatic; although they were definitely a chapter in the collection of work, it was clear they were a series in themselves; and that they needed to be documented in book format as well." The title came from the title Frank gave to his Introduction essay in Johnson's book on the series, which will be available at the reception on September 8th. "Peter's title so embodied what this series of work is about, that I asked him if we could use it as the series title. I was delighted when he said, yes." Johnson continues, "After physically saying and shaping, with my own hands, what needs to be said in a visually artistic format, how can I then further translate that verbally. If I could do that, as I'd like - I'd be a writer."
Johnson prepares now for her next exhibition in Bangkok (February, 2014), a solo exhibition at Taylor University in Indiana, with others in the works through 2015. Since her Artcore - Brewery Annex exhibition (March 2013), Johnson has exhibited at U.S.C (Hilel Gallery/July), Pico House-El Pueblo Monument (May) and the Arab American National Museum in Michigan (March-Aug). The latter of which has Johnson's paintings in their permanent collection.
TOUCHED - the book, Foreword by Peter Frank, Art Critic, Huffington Post, Associate Editor Fabrik Magazine
Soft covers will be available for $15. Hard covers, special order for $60. Johnson is donating all proceeds to the Franklyn Liegel Legacy Foundation and LA Artcore Gallery, a not for profit gallery which is committed to art that captures the culturally diverse spirit of the city.
Both books will also be available on AMAZON. Johnson’s work will be featured in the Franklyn Liegel Memorial Exhibition, Artcore Gallery (Little Tokyo). The opening reception will take place on Sunday/September 8, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, with the Art Talk at 4pm. Exhibiting artists, along with the Johnson and the late Franklyn Liegel include: Joseph Piasentin, Hei Myung Hyun, Kaoru Mansour, Robert Walker, Ramone Muñoz, mRheuban.
LA Artcore Gallery, at Union Center for the Arts is located at 120 Judge John Aiso St. in Los Angeles (Little Toyko)