|Rashid Johnson, photographed in his Brooklyn studio by Micah Aaron Schmidt, 2012.|
TEXT BY ORIT GAT
PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICAH AARON SCHMIDT
Johnson spends about a week or ten days on a single wood-flooring painting, first building the support, and then beginning the slow process of burning and marking the work using brands that he heats in a forge. The labor-intensive practice calls for a large workspace, and Johnson is looking for an even bigger studio as he prepares for his first major museum show, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, opening April 14, along with an exhibition at South London Gallery, scheduled for September. The Chicago show, "Rashid Johnson: Message to Our Folks," which will include some of the pieces depicted here, is particularly thrilling to him: "Chicago is my hometown, I was just there, and it was lovely to see how enthusiastic people are about the show. The exhibition might also have the opportunity to travel, so that's really exciting."
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