Essex’s Focal Point Gallery has invited artist Paul Johnson for a discussion of his recent exhibition at the gallery with professor Timothy Morton, taking place on March 21.
The London-born artist’s solo exhibition, titled The Sunless Sea, is presented as an “ostensibly ritualistic” series of sculptures and wall works, inspired by Johnson’s interest in failed historic attempts and utopian states. The collection of artefacts attempts to imagine how we might perceive the present in the future–symbols of failed utopian ideals taking on the appearance of “salvaged fragments of marginalised existence”.
He is joined in conversation by Timothy Morton, Professor, and Rita Shea Guffey Chair in English at Rice University in Texas, whose work in object-oriented philosophy and intersectionality has led to him coining the term ‘hyperobjects’: “objects so massively distributed in time and space as to transcend localisation, such as climate change and styrofoam”.
See the event page for details. **