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ARTICLE: Terry Allen in austin360

January 15, 2017 - John T. Davis - Special to the American-Statesman

Lubbock ain’t never gonna be cool. Not going to happen. The conservative, inelegant, sand-scrubbed little city marooned in the flat and formidable vastness of the Great South Plains won’t ever be overrun with hipster cachet a la Marfa. The art mob will not flock. The cognoscenti will not congregate.

That being said, the ongoing paradox of the place is how much art, specifically music, can arise from such humble and inauspicious origins. From Bob Wills and Buddy Holly back in the day to the Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines and singer-songwriter-fiddler Amanda Shires today, the Texas Panhandle has been an unlikely wellspring of ferocious creativity...

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ARTICLE: Terry Allen in Texas Monthly Magazine

January 1, 2017 - Jason Cohen

In 1962 Terry Allen left Lubbock to pursue what he couldn’t imagine ever happening in his hometown: a life as an artist. More than fifty years later, the sculptor, painter, playwright, and musician behind Juarez and Lubbock (On Everything) is ready for a return...

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BOOK RELEASE- The Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life

December 28, 2016

Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce the up-coming release (March 2017) of “the Artist as Culture Producer: Living and Sustaining a Creative Life”, edited by Gallery Artist Sharon Louden...

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CATALOGUE RELEASE: James Buss at Holly Johnson Gallery

December 20, 2016

48 page fully illustrated exhibition catalogue on the occasion of "James Buss: in the poem's four corners" at Holly Johnson Gallery from September 10 - November 12, 2016. The catalogue includes an essay by John Zotos, a Dallas based writer and essayist

Available at the gallery and on Blurb.


PRESS RELEASE: David Aylsworth at the Art Museum of Southeast Texas

December 10, 2016

Houston artist David Aylsworth is well-known within Texas art circles for his stunning abstract paintings celebrating his facility with the brush, sophisticated understanding of color, and harmonious spatial relationships between form and shape...

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PRESS RELEASE: Douglas Leon Cartmel: White Noise

December 7, 2016 - Holly Johnson Gallery

Holly Johnson Gallery is pleased to announce an upcoming solo exhibition by Dallas based artist Douglas Leon Cartmel. The exhibition titled WHITE NOISE marks the artist's solo debut at the gallery and features a selection of new paintings that will include white noise paintings, seascapes and abstractions... 

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REVIEW: James Buss in

November 11, 2016 - Todd Camplin

Some might claim that art has no purpose or say that art has no real value, but these are delusional ideas. In moments of emotional turmoil, art can speak to an individual in an immeasurable way. People desire to view or possess this experience, which gives  the images power. Art can be just entertaining, but great art also informs, nudges people towards ideas or big questions, and helps heal or transcend this world’s problems if only for a moment...

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PRESS RELEASE: Dion Johnson- Optic Energy

November 10, 2016 - Holly Johnson Gallery

Johnson’s paintings and works on paper combine and explore dynamic opposites: expansiveness and compression, darkness and light. Johnson’s intuitive use of color evokes the contemporary urban, digital and natural landscape, and skews the vocabulary of abstraction into a hybrid techno-language...

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INTERVIEW: Christopher French in Romanov Grave

October 16, 2016 - Janet Goleas

Christopher French creates minimalist abstractions infused with memory, light and a degree of perception that extends beyond sight. His radiant geometries reference a landscape of light and shadows in precise compositions. Layering pigment in thin veils, French crisscrosses shafts of color as they traverse the image field in crystalline tonalities...

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REVIEW: James Buss in Arts+Culture Texas

October 6, 2016 - John Zotos

Artist and Fort Worth native James Buss lived and worked for many years in Los Angeles after completing an MFA from the California Institute of the Arts.  Recently returned to Texas, his solo exhibition at Holly Johnson Gallery, through Nov. 12,  highlights a spare and evanescent aesthetic vision in over 15 small-scale, abstract monochromatic black paintings.  These curious pieces are realized through a type of poured plaster impression technique, and exude a quiet ontological meditation capturing visual traces, memory and the nature of perception...

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