Kendall Johnson: Johnson's Pasture: Living Place, Living Time - July 22 through November 1

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Kendall Johnson:

Johnson's Pasture: Living Place, Living Time 

July 22 through November 1

An acclaimed artist with deep roots in the Claremont community, Kendall Johnson’s work explores memory through modes of artmaking that are at once sensual and bold. His paintings, photographs and poetry often appear as wayfinding compositions, maps to points that are both known and unknown - a rerouting through one’s own personal history in a quest for both answers and new questions.

For his solo exhibition at the Garden, we have curated with Johnson a selection of his works from his series on Johnson’s Pasture. Those who encounter Johnson’s Pasture in the foothills north of Claremont find themselves in a wildland located between worlds, from the glimmering cityscape below to the towering San Gabriel mountains that rise dramatically above. An integral part of Claremont’s history, Johnson’s Pasture was purchased over half a century ago by Johnson’s great grandparents. This special place is a geophysical family tome to Johnson, imprinted with four generations of memories - including groves of carefully tended eucalyptus and pine trees, to worn paths made by family forays into the hillside that offered contemplative retreats from daily life. Now part of the Claremont Wildlands Conservancy, it stands as a testament to the beauty, value and necessity of wild space - where California native wildlife can thrive, including humans.

In this series, the artworks search through Johnson’s decades’-long relationship to the Pasture. They are invoked from distinct chapters of Johnson’s life when the meaning of Johnson’s Pasture and its wilderness meant different things: before and after serving in the Vietnam War, raising a family, serving as a crisis-management consultant during the tragedy of 9/11. Each distinguished piece draws on the solace that Johnson’s Pasture provided in these times. They speak to the power of wild as a restorative force, both for the very real ecological habitat it provides, as well as the emotional centering it offers when we feel lost.

Gallery open to the public daily, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.  Admission to the gallery is included with standard admission or membership.

Special opening reception for RSABG members on Friday, July 21, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. RSVP requested: please RSVP to the Advancement Office, (909) 625-8676 ext. 221, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..