April Zanne Johnson is a visual artist who is interested in pulling subconscious imagery to the surface within the early stages of the painting process through autonomous application, and subsequently manipulates the form into the desired subject matter.
Johnson’s body of work revolves around creating parallel planes existing within internal and external environments. Recurring themes include predictive coding, pareidolia, technology in comparison to the natural world and hallucinatory landscape imagery.
The intention is to engage with the viewer's own neurological predictive coding, provoke questions and generate communication.
Montclair State University, M.F.A., 2013
Parsons School of Design, New York, B.F.A., 1993
Mentored by Julie Heffernan, M.F.A., Montclair State University, 2011–12
5/19-8/19, 1 Gap Gallery, Sense of Place, curated by Michael Holden, Brooklyn NY
9/2018 Sense of Place, Park Place Gallery Brooklyn NY
7/2018 LIVE FEED, documented at Abrons Art Center during the Electroacoustic Music Festival
6-7/2018 Spectrum Gestalt 5, bG Gallery, Santa Monica CA
4-5/2018 Visual Impressions 3rd Biennial Exhibition, Ryan James Gallery, Kirkland WA,
06/20-7/15 "Fight or Flight", The Painting Center, NYC
6/17-7/1 “Spectrum Gestalt 4,” bG (Bleicher/Gorman) Gallery, Los Angeles , CA.
“The Other Art Fair NYC”, presented by Saatchi Art, June 1-4, Brooklyn Expo Center, NYC
2016“Parallel Existence,” Warren County Community College, Washington Township, N.J.
2014“parallax xallarap,” Herhusid Artist Residency, Siglufjörður, Iceland
2011 “The 17th Year: Secret Dialogue Solo Exhibition,” Atrium Gallery, Sussex County Community College, Newton, N.J.
Visual Impressions 3rd Biennial Exhibition,Ryan James Gallery WA
Abrons Art Center, Electroacoustic Music Festival,NYC
Portal 2017, curated by 4Heads, 435 Broome St., Soho District , New York, N.Y.
The Other Art Fair N.Y.C. presented by Saatchi Art, June 1-4, Brooklyn Expo Center, Greenpoint, N.Y.
Spectrum Gestalt 4, bG Gallery, Los Angeles , CA.
Fight or Flight, The Painting Center, N.Y.C.
People’s Choice Salon Show,Greenpoint Gallery, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Extended Consciousness,Caelum Gallery, New York
25th Annual Miniatures Invitational,” Abend Gallery, Denver
Affordable Art Show, Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, Williamsburg, N.Y.
New York Now! 015 Factory-Art Projects, New York
The Trap, Hammond Art Center, Ind.
Art Takes Miami,SCOPE
Over the Edge: Paperworks Unbound, Parts 1 & 2,”Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Metro 30 Exhibition,Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, N.Y.
Governor’s Island Art Fair 2014, New York
Metro 30 Exhibition, Medford Arts Center, N.J.
MFA National Competition, First Street Gallery, New York
Color,Brooklyn Waterfront Artists Coalition, national juried exhibition Metro 30 Exhibition, B. Beamsderfer Gallery, Highland Park, N.J.
Layers,City Without Walls, juried exhibition, Newark, N.J.
Metro 30 Exhibition, City Hall, Jersey City
ARTSlant, Round 3 Showcase Winner, Abstract Category
Metro 30 Exhibition,Ramapo College, N.J.
ARTSlant, Round 2 Showcase Winner, Abstract Category
Metro 30 Exhibition, Johnson Public Library, Hackensack, N.J.
ARTSlant Armory Week, Round 1 Showcase Winner, Abstract Category
Metro 29 Exhibition, City Without Walls, juried exhibition, Newark, N.J.
Metro 29 Exhibition,Albert Wisner Public Library, Warwick, N.Y.
Metro 29 Exhibition,Medford Arts Center, N.J.
Metro 29 Exhibition,B. Beamsderfer Gallery, Highland Park, N.J.
July 2013 “Times Square Billboard Event”
This Show Means Right Now, Magnan Metz Gallery, New York
Metro 29 Exhibition, City Hall, Jersey City
Toxicity,Williamsburg Art & Historical Center, Brooklyn, N.Y.
Metro 29 Exhibition,Ramapo College, N.J.
Rabble-Rousing Acts, 73 See Gallery, Montclair, N.J.
Metro 29 Exhibition,Johnson Public Library, Hackensack, N.J.
Single Fare 3, RH Gallery, New York
Exhibition of Works on Paper,Howard Gardens Gallery, Cardiff School of Art and Design, U.K.
Metro 29 Exhibition,“City Without Walls,” juried exhibition, Newark, N.J.
Rupture: Painting Exhibition, Finley Hall Gallery, Montclair State University, N.J.
“It’s a Color Thing: Art Scene Today,” international juried exhibition, Ava Rado Harte
Center for Emerging Art, Miami; and Vorpal Gallery, New York
Scaled to the Infinite, Index Art Center, Newark, N.J.
Territories: MFA Group Exhibition, Finley Hall Gallery, Montclair State University, N.J.
“National Wet Paint Exhibition,” Zhou B. Art Center, Chicago
“-ology: Paintings and Drawings,” Finley Hall Gallery, Montclair State University, N.J.
“11.11.11 MFA Open Studios,” Montclair State University, N.J.
New Meeting: Painting and Sculpture, Finley Hall Gallery, Montclair State University, N.J.
San Francisco Erotic Art Exhibition, The Artists’ Alley
Ode to California,juried exhibition, Pacific Art League, Palo Alto
Birds, Bees and Butterflies,national juried exhibition, Lazarus Gallery, New York
24th Annual Skylands,national juried exhibition, Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, Newton, N.J.
Mandalas, Circles & Spheres, Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council, Newton, N.J.