Paul Johnson: Teardrop Centre

What happens when the studio moves into the gallery? Sean Ashton on the artist’s installation at Camden Arts Centre

By Sean Ashton

Teardrop Centre, 2017 (installation view). Photo: Damian Griffiths. Courtesy Camden Arts Centre, London

Camden Arts Centre, London, 7 April – 18 June 2017Paul Johnson’s project at Camden Arts Centre began with ostensibly drastic measures: ‘For this ambitious installation,’ reads the press release, ‘Johnson will dismantle his entire studio and reconstruct fragments in Gallery 3.’ The process may constitute an archaeology of his practice, but the results are closer to an open-cast mine. Eighteen of the 40 works scattered across the gallery are grouped together under two ensembles, listed in the plan as ‘Table…

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