Welcome to THE THING's first T-shirt. Our inaugural shirt is by one of our favorites, Chris Johanson, who is known for his paintings, sculptures, and interactive environments - sometimes constructed as mazes - that explore the human experience and the physical world people inhabit together. For his T-shirt, the physical world becomes metaphysical once it goes onto your body. The shirt features a picture of space and is appropriate for all spaces, except nudist beaches.
- CHRIS JOHANSON
Chris Johanson grew up in San Francisco and is well known for his paintings, sculptures, and installations depicting the human experience and the resulting physical world people inhabit together. Johanson has developed his own personal pictorial language, mixing many mediums and what he refers to as “selfish expressionism” or “the life arts.”
For over a decade, Johanson has been transforming the commonplace activities of the day-to-day into simple stories, frozen in time for us to observe. He comments on the age of consumerism, the corporate ladder, as well as modern psychological phenomena such as self-help and psychotherapy. He creates a world where nudist dancers, emotionally centered people, forest energy, abstract rainbows and “good vibes” exist next to a sinister comic edge sometimes reflecting the human experience’s darkest places.
Johanson has exhibited his works worldwide including exhibitions at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney Museum of American Art.
More information on Chris Johanson can be found here.