Layet Johnson, MOON, 2016, Acrylic
Layet Johnson: Is This My Tongue
September 15 – October 22, 2016
Institute 193, in conjunction with Good Weather (North LittleRock, AR), is pleased to present Is This My Tongue? an exhibition of paintings and sculptures by Layet Johnson (b. 1985) featuring a work by fellow Arkansan Eddie Lee Kendrick (1928–1992).
Is This My Tongue? evokes a drawing by Eddie Lee Kendrick, a custodian at Johnson’s elementary school, that was given to the artist when he was a child. The school’s art teacher recognized Kendrick’s ability and eagerness to draw and set up a desk near the cafeteria so that he could do so during his downtime. This garnered the attention of many of the students, Layet included, who was fascinated by the work and asked for a drawing of his own. Kendrick gave him one the next day. Kendrick would go on to become a celebrated self-taught artist in the region known for his vivid religious imagery, bulbous and impossible airplanes, and fragmented buildings and churches.
Kendrick’s drawing has been an ongoing and constant inspiration for
Layet Johnson, Coupe Copy, 2016, Acrylic and chalk on poster board, 28 x 22 inches.
Layet Johnson, Mojave Phone Booth (760-733-9969), 2016, Acrylic and chalk on poster board, 28 x 22 inches.
Layet Johnson, Flowers and Fruit and Vegetables, 2016, Acrylic and chalk on poster board, 28 x 22 inches.
Eddie Lee Kendrick, Jesus is a Rock, ca. 1992, Colored pencil on paper.