Alan Bur Johnson creates sculptures, installations and two-dimensional works that appear to hover weightlessly before their shadows and the surface to which they are bound. Working with transparent photographic imagery and intricately cut metal forms, he employs an approach of scientific inquiry to investigate fleeting life cycles and physical impermanence. He meticulously dissects his subjects in extensive detail, amassing a vast volume of visual fragments, then reassembles the disparate elements in an attempt to map what has transpired and reanimate what has been lost.
Johnson has exhibited nationally with solo shows in New York, Phoenix and Seattle, and in group exhibitions in museums including the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, Tucson Museum of Art, and Phoenix Art Museum. He has participated internationally in group exhibitions, most recently in Pretoria, South Africa. His work has been featured in ARTINFO, Artweek and Beautiful/Decay, and has been the subject of multiple articles addressing the intersection of art and science. His artwork has been commissioned by corporate clients including Neiman Marcus, CBRE, Enterprise Products, and MidFirst Bank, and can be found in numerous other corporate and private collections.
Johnson received a BFA in Printmaking in 1990 from the University of Washington, Seattle. He works and lives in the former ghost town of Jerome, Arizona, which he has called home since 1993.