Dorothy Churchill-Johnson: PATTERN and REALISM, in Search of the Big Picture is comprised of three themes of large scale paintings. Kaleidoscopes, both fabric and nature, evoke the power of centrifugal force that runs the universe. Pavement and groundscapes express natural patterns and present the microcosm as a metaphor for the macrocosm. Surreal Landscapes have both waxing or waning transitional light evoking unique juxtapositions and a sense of isolated consciousness in a constantly changing universe. All the paintings are a synchronization of realism and abstraction through tiny details of ordinary things and expanding them to establish extremes. When viewing these works, the combination of color and enormous size can result in the viewer feeling as if they are looking at something familiar for the first time. Through juxtaposition, space, pattern, and design, Churchill-Johnson points to the ephemeral nature of all human events. The realism displayed in these works is infused with influences from neo-pop and op art with a touch of surrealism and hyper realism.
May 3 - June 14, 2020
The Butler Institute of American Art
524 Wick Avenue
Youngstown, Ohio 44502