New Monograph by Simen Johan
Simen Johan will release a new self-titled monograph in March of this year, published Powerhouse Books. The volume includes an introduction by Hugo Fortin, and contains key works from the artist’s series Until the Kingdom Comes. Until the Kingdom Comes explores the natural world through Johan’s signature process of combining parts taken from a multitude of images to create a single climactic scene. The resulting images are theatrical, seemingly staged depictions of animals and natural features, imbued with a human quality through sheer dramatic gravity.
Simen Johan at Space Z
Simen Johan will have a monumental solo exhibition, Re-invented Realism at Space Z in Beijing, China. The show will open on November 3, and run until January 15, 2023. This monumental exhibition presents a sweeping overview of the artist’s most important body of work to date, which features uncanny images of animals in turbulent scenes of power play and theatrical poses. Produced in their largest format, the works in this exhibition will stand at over six feet tall, absorbing the viewer into their own fantastical, hyperreal worlds. For more information, please contact Yossi Milo Gallery.
A solo exhibition of photographs by Simen Johan was on view at Brad Cushman Gallery at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, AK, from October 12 - December 2, 2019, concurrent with the artist’s tenth solo exhibition at Yossi Milo Gallery. Johan’s hybrid images, assembled from hundreds of disparate images taken around the world, feature animals in turbulent scenes of power play and dramatic poses. Johan gave an artist talk at the university's Windgate Center of Art and Design on November 15, 2019. For more information, please visit the Brad Cushman Gallery website.
A solo exhibition of works by Simen Johan was on view at Fotografiska in Stockholm, Sweden, from June 15 – September 23, 2018. Until the Kingdom Comes featured large-scale works made using Johan’s distinctive process of seamlessly integrating photos of diverse animals and environments. For more information, please visit the Fotografiska website.
A solo exhibition of works by Simen Johan was on view at the Center for Photography in Yekaterinburg, through February 2018, marking the artist’s first solo exhibition in Russia. The Center has currently installed multiple exhibitions around the theme of wildlife photography, with works by Johan spanning multiple galleries. For more information, please visit the Center for Photography website.
Large-scale photographs from Simen Johan’s Until the Kingdom Comes series were on view in the exhibition Another North, presented at Scandinavia House in New York City from May 6 – August 6, 2016. This intimate exhibition placed the work of six Nordic artists in conversation with one another to explore the reinvigorated role of landscape photography and installation in contemporary art. Other featured artists include Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Ole Brodersen, Sigurður Guðjónsson, Susanna Majuri, and Pentti Sammallahti. For more information, please visit the Scandinavia House website.