Aaron Johnson’s grotesque paintings bring Indian traditional folk art, American Abstraction, scientific illustrations and Pop culture together in an explosive mix of surreal pastiche that packs a real punch, a hard hitting attack on America, western democracy and contemporary society.
Exploring these paintings is a visceral journey through a grossed out comic farce. Takes no prisoners. Spares no one who stands for fundamentalism, fanaticism and political ignorance. It’s Bosch on a trip through a world of Americana. It’s a poke in the eye. A puke. Vomiting out the cultural icons of the age using a unique process he calls reverse painting. Each picture is built using layers of acrylic paint, a specially-prepared oxidized pigment wash, clear polymer and collage which are embedded together and mounted onto synthetic mesh. When dry the picture is peeled off and mounted.
Johnson’s paintings have their own peculiar beauty, they’re rich tapestries full of satirical wit, a perverted version of reality that is closer to the truth than most would admit – it’s blood, guts and bodily fluids highlighting the dismal state of society. In Johnson’s universe vitality and death, beauty and destruction and rapture and grief are intertwined, mutually dependent conditions of existence.