Freight+Volume, New York
Ezra Johnson: Janitor’s Closet
Although rarely exhibited, I have been making sculptural renditions of common, household objects for about fifteen years. These sculptures are a comical attempt to make a portrait of the world through the products that are everywhere, which we consume without a thought. Although sculptural, they are in many ways about painting and color. Iconic forms, so familiar the shapes can be distorted and the colors still convey meaning. A major attraction to clay is the way it's effected by gravity. I like how it collapses under its own weight. For example with the mop bucket, I tried to make it look realistic but it starts to get heavy and then the form breaks down. I like to let that happen.