Michael Johnston

Michael Johnston

The spaces people create intrigue me. I search for clues on a building’s exterior that hint at decisions people made way back when. Suddenly a window will open and offer a glimpse into another life being lived today. Sometimes a gate is left open and I can draw the courtyard hidden inside! I found a roof that traces different worlds, the peak following an old street, the gutter marking the line of an ancient stable wall now long gone. The shingles, laid parallel at an angle to the peak, seemed to spread like a fan between different worlds.

I am an artist and videographer. My media are very portable: pencil, brush and ink, and small format cameras. Most often I go out by bicycle and draw the places I find. Most recently, I have drawn and videotaped in Dubai, France, and Burkina Faso. While I tend to a representational style, all my drawings are interpretations of the places I visit. I like to leave something out or combine different views so each of my drawings offers something that isn't really there.

— Michael Johnston