I love the smooth sleek lines and the reflective quality of the material he uses in this work literally with the use of mirrored tiles
or in this with black ceramic tile
He creates the look of an altar. His abstraction is successful because of the symmetry and simplicity of the line against the grid of the tile edges. But there is a tension in the abstraction at the focal point as he breaks the edges with paint. He presents a literal introduction of the hand in contrast to the chosen objects strategically placed or held on shelves.
I admire how he plays with pattern using a zebra skin on an oriental rug. Johnson adds gold embroidery which references the tradition and cultural heritage of rug making.
What's on the wall or on the floor what do we walk up to and see? What do we look down on or walk on? The notion of what is precious what is a status symbol? Examining that which has been taken from other cultures stolen or poached. Johnson shows tension not just in issues of race but class in his choice of objects and how he presents them.
Here is a video clip of him talking about his work: