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“Acid Test”

Exhibition Dates: December 10 – January 7 , 2017





Zach Johnsen is an illustrator, painter and art director currently living in Portland, Oregon.

Johnsen’s artwork is multi-faceted and expansive in style – ranging from pen and ink, watercolor and graphite on paper, acrylic on canvas to installation work in wood. Regardless of medium, the overarching theme in Johnsen’s work deals with modern day burdens and the working individual’s interaction with the spiritual world and the energies that surround them.

With this new body of work, we see a continuation of the impressive and memorable “Acid” series – which Johnsen is best known for. We are presented with a snapshot at the moment of man’s breakdown – or epiphany. Executed with pop sensibility, Johnsen masterfully creates frenetic figures floating against stark white backgrounds. A stuttered mid-air explosive revelation is captured freeze frame – depicting the moment when an individual is suddenly struck by a vision of overwhelming clarity, or stripped of their barriers and flooded with insight.

Johnsen’s art has been exhibited throughout the United States as well as Australia, Japan, London and Denmark. Johnsen has also created original works for print and publication, skateboards, furniture, sneakers, snowboards, clothing and apparel, music and motion graphics.

“Acid Test” is Johnsen’s fourth solo exhibition with C.A.V.E. Gallery. Johnsen has also exhibited with C.A.V.E. Gallery at SCOPE Art Fair in Miami and New York and at STROKE Art Fair in Munich.