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Benjamin Johnson Spacetime Catalog Release and Demonstration

Join us for a very special event with Indianapolis Glass artist Benjamin Johnson to celebrate the release of Spacetime, a catalog of Johnson’s recent iMOCA exhibitions. Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres and micro beer while Johnson demonstrates how he created his prints of the moon throughout the lunar cycle. Tickets are $50.00 each and attendees will receive their own copy of Spacetime and a special artist-made pint glass.  Space is limited to 30 guests only.

About Spacetime:
Spacetime depicts imagery of the moon throughout the lunar cycle. Johnson created 20 vitreography prints and 7 glass panels specifically for this exhibition. The glass panels were created with sand blast resist and diamond-engraving techniques, creating a unique surface texture in the prints. A second part of this exhibition featured a nine by fourteen foot installation of hand-pulled hot glass cane created with UV reactive materials and lit using special UV LED lighting, which makes the entire piece glow in the window space.

Johnson’s art, typically abstract and often inspired by occurrences in everyday life, is developed from his interest in color theory and texture. He uses both of those factors to create patterns in his decorative work that not only reveal layers within the glass, but also create a surface texture that is unique to his creations. Working on both large-scale installations and individual sculptural pieces, Johnson’s practice is unique among artists creating contemporary glass.

This exhibition was supported by the Art Alliance for Contemporary Glass

About the Artist:
Johnson holds a BFA from Kent State University and his MFA from Ball State University. His education in glass extended beyond the university setting at the Corning Museum of Glass, Pilchuck Glass School, and Scuola del Vetro Abate Zanetti in Murano, Italy. His work has been shown in a number of exhibitions throughout the U.S. He has been published in Art Glass Today and the Corning Museum of Glass’s New Glass Review. Johnson has been a recipient of the Windgate Fellowship Grant Award, Efroymson Contemporary Arts Fellowship, and Metropolitan Contemporary Glass Group Jerry Raphael Fellowship. He has been recognized as a Rising Star in contemporary glass at the Museum of American Glass in Millville, NJ.

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The Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art is supported from grants and funding from the Efroymson Family Fund, The Indianapolis Foundation, Herbert Simon Family Foundation, Lilly Endowment, Allen Whitehill Clowes Charitable Foundation, Christel DeHaan Family Foundation, Halstead Architects, ESL-Spectrum, R&M Electric, Buckingham Foundation, Murphy Arts Center, and the City of Indianapolis.

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