Alan Johnston, Drawing a Shadow: No Object
Image: Cover of catalogue, Alan Johnston, Drawing a Shadow: No Object
Essay within the monograph, Alan Johnston, Drawing a Shadow: No Object (Leeds: Henry Moore Institute, 2010)
A wall-drawing by Alan Johnston bisects the cubic volume of the main gallery at The Henry Moore Institute, and provides an eloquent example of the artist's negotiation of a material philosophy. The work is literally just out of reach, banding horizontally from the top of the door apertures, its frieze-like form employs the Golden Ratio to define eight framed voids. Positioned in two of the corners of the gallery are four small drawings on wood panels, framed in plexiglass boxes, their presence does not mitigate the provocation of the emptiness of the room but intensifies it. Throughout there is a meeting of form and void. Though Johnston's work is reductive in nature it is not minimalist. It exists at a confluence of deductive geometry and haptic construction, implicating the architectural surroundings, spatial dynamics and cultural antecedents...