621 Gallery Presents:

Let me tell you this, someone in some future time will think of us.

an exhibition by Annie May Johnston


Artist Statement:

I would like there to exist places that are stable, unmoving, intangible, untouched and almost untouchable, unchanging, deep-rooted; places that might be points of reference, of departure of origin… Such places don’t exist, and it’s because they don’t exist that space becomes a question, ceases to be self-evident, ceases to be incorporated, ceases to be appropriated. Space is a doubt: I have constantly to mark it, to designate it. It’s never mine, never given me, I have to conquer it. My spaces are fragile: time is going to wear them away, to destroy them. Nothing will any longer resemble what was, my memories will betray me, oblivion will infiltrate my memory… Space melts like sand running through one’s fingers. Time bears it away and leaves me only shapeless shreds.

                  – George Perec, Species of Spaces and other Pieces

I use printmaking, drawing, painting and digital processes in an attempt to visually describe our surrounding environment – most recently interior performative objects and spaces. In this post- truth era, my newest body of work aspires to conflate fact and fiction – bringing together artworks that can be interpreted as a documentation of life, memories or relics, or a study of the moment from a place in the future – existing detached from a point of orientation. The work depicts a secluded universe that is performative both visually and experientially. Combined and in the form of a silent play, the objects and spaces form a dark subtle magical realism that reinforces the experience of art as an instrument for mythmaking.


Currently: Assistant Professor of Practice at the University of Texas at AustiFounder of MOTIF, a hand-painted pattern design studio – motifamj.com

Before: MFA in Print from UT Austin

Earlier: BA in Psychology and Classics from the University of Colorado, Boulder

AMJ has lived and worked in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco and Denver and and is currently based in Austin. While in Paris Johnston editioned works for artists like Jim Dine, Allen Jones and Miguel Mont. She has exhibited nationally and internationally and in 2017 completed a 90 ft commissioned piece for Facebook in Austin.


instagram: @anniemayjohnston

For more information about the artist, please visit their website: anniemayjohnston.com