I am a disobedient artist, and yet a formalist.
I never follow instructions, plan, or very seldom do I sketch out my vision. It allows me to probe and experiment along the way. Expectations are never realized, yet I am always surprised at their outcome. My rule of law; is not to have one... Being naïve allows me to know just enough so that I can bleed out my own curiosity and my own desires.
Many times in my life I was told you should not, cannot, won’t work, or your wasting your time.
I am an object-maker with reckless use or needs. I create sculptures that are born of discarded material. They all have a sense of symbolism but possess their own identity. My play is not just physical, but it’s a three- dimensional mind mapping. I am seduced into making art that aligns me with my inner energy. My art is on a dare that is refined, defiant but sincere.
Sculptor, Erick C. Johnson is a native of Colorado and has contributed to the world of art since 1975. Not only has Mr. Johnson been dedicated to public and higher education for 28 years (Jefferson County Schools, Metro State, RMCAD, CSU, & UNC), he has an extensive exhibit record showing his artwork nationally and internationally. He has been included in much solo and group shows, including The Museum of Contemporary Art in Denver and The Biennials in Western States premiering in Phoenix, Denver and Fort Collins. He has shown in Barcelona, Spain and Bamberg, Germany, and has permanent collections in and across the nation, specifically, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Pennsylvania, New York, Chicago, California, Texas, and Minnesota.
Erick's award winning public sculptures can be seen throughout the city of Denver. RTD, Coors Field, Denver Permit building (The first commission granted under Fredrico Pena’s Percent For The Arts Commission: DCCA now the DOCA). His work also graces the locations within the Lowry Foundation and many Public art Installations sponsored by Museum of Outdoor Arts, Cherry Creek Arts Festival, The SNAG Conference and The Smoky Hill Arts Festival in Kansas. Johnson's numerous public Sculpture commissions include those for "Coors Field", the "Colorado Convention Center", and the "Palm Harbor," Florida City Gates. Most recently, Johnson has finished a large sculpture (“Prairie Reef”) for the new Central Park Avenue that traverses the north/south corridor of Stapleton community. The large stainless steel sculpture straddles the traffic medium with five kinetic forms with curvilinear loop de loop lines.
Mr. Johnson's prolific career has spanned many areas of art education, public art, art installations and gallery and museum exhibits. In all, these indications clearly show that he will continue his multiple venues and support the arts in the west and in the nation.