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BoxoPROJECTS to host an exhibition of recent work by Heather L. Johnson

BoxoPROJECTS to host an exhibition of recent work by Heather L. Johnson

May 19, 2017 6:00 pm - May 21, 2017 6:00 pm

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Boxo House, Joshua Tree

BoxoPROJECTS to host an exhibition of recent work by Heather L. Johnson

Heather L. Johnson:


Full Circle

Friday May 19 - Sunday May 21 

Opening Reception Friday May 19 6-9pm

Exhibition continues Saturday and Sunday May 20-21, 12-6pm


BoxoPROJECTS is very pleased to host an exhibition of recent work by Heather L. Johnson, generated through the last leg of her solo motorcycle journey and art project, In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful.

Watercolor paintings and hand-stitched embroideries will be on view, based on experiences the artist collected while traveling from Twentynine Palms, CA, to Buenos Aires, Argentina in 2015. ISFB was conceived and put into practice through an artist residency at BoxoHOUSE four years ago, and Heather is delighted to bring this work back to the desert and the community from which it originally sprang.

From Heather: "In Search of the Frightening & Beautiful" began in 2013 with a solo motorcycle tour around the U.S., from my former home in New Jersey, to BoxoHOUSE in Joshua Tree, CA, and back. I have since traveled over 38,000 miles around the United States, Mexico, Central and South America, having have left 47 hand-embroidered art works across the western hemisphere for people to randomly encounter, take and keep. On the road I take pictures and record experiences, stopping for periods to distill it all into new work. The pieces in this exhibition were created through a second residency at Cherryhurst House in Houston, Texas, whose sponsorship made the journey to Argentina possible."

This project is motivated by a need for connection and understanding in a world governed too frequently by fear, ignorance and mistrust. In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful crosses geographic and cultural boundaries, leaving bits of humanity in its wake in the form of intimate, painstakingly-made gestures let loose in the landscape, set adrift in the world to change hands, context and meaning. 

Conceived through the act of riding a motorcycle, this venture embraces risk and vulnerability to record and testify to the "frightening and beautiful": to the coincidences, contradictions and struggles revealing the essence of human experience. With a little bit of luck, it will eventually make its way around the world.


BoxoPROJECTS is a multi-program arts initiative based in Joshua Tree, California, dedicated to exploring contemporary art at the new frontier. BoxoPROJECTS is interested in the role of art and artists in creating community and in the power of art to shape the destiny of communities. We offer facilitated artist residencies and related programming at BoxoHOUSE in Joshua Tree, as well as exhibitions, installations and performances in various locations.  

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