When times are uncertain, it is easy to fall into reminiscence of rosier days gone by. Revisiting the work, and lives, of three artists previously featured by Artscope could have led to a nostalgic look-back. Instead, what I found among the artists featured here were a keen optimism and drive to create, in the face of all obstacles, heartbreaks and physical limitations currently shared by so many of our fellow humans.
Patricia Johanson, whose work I featured here in Artscope in 2019 covering Bennington Museum’s “Color Fields: 1960s Bennington Modernism” exhibition, has followed a singular path from her early days at Bennington College, where Johanson experimented in the company of Paul Feeley and other progressive artists of the time. Johanson has spent the past several decades envisioning and implementing large-scale environmental installations, both in the United States and abroad.