Unknown Tongues (detail), 2007 by - M. Scott Johnson
Unknown Tongues (detail), 2007 by M. Scott Johnson

Parallel Evolution

April 3 – May 3, 2009

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Parallel Evolution a retrospective of New York based sculptor, M. Scott Johnson (b. 1968), which chronicles his artistic vision from 2000 – 2008; using sculpture as a metaphor for his eight year journey in becoming one of the leading direct stone carvers of his generation. Johnson transforms the ancient medium of stone into profound imagery through biomorphic shapes and intricate patterns of undulating movements.His aesthetic palette is influenced by the Shona of Zimbabwe, Makonde of Mozambique and Kwakwaka’wakw of Canada.

Scott has the unique position of being one of three American sculptors to have apprentice under master sculptor Nicholas Mukomberanwa (1940-2002) of Zimbabwe. His sculptures have been exhibited in galleries and universities across the United States and aboard, including Harvard University and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe. His works are in both private and public collections, most notably the Schomberg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Hampton University Museum.