eyeTRY / Steve Johnson

  • 15th Apr - 20th May 2016
  • Stephen Lawrence Gallery


In this latest in a series of exhibitions at The Stephen Lawrence Gallery in which artists and architects are invited to show alongside each other, architectural practice eyeTRY is exhibiting work in conjunction with the artist Steve Johnson.

In a career spanning over 40 years, Steve Johnson has painted, drawn and sculpted the built environment as a place to be inhabited by the intellect. His works elevate architecture beyond an often ‘subordinate’ role in visual art as a setting or backdrop and aim to exist somewhere between concrete reality and state of mind.

Founded in 2010 by Eva Sommeregger and Florian Schafschetzy, eyeTRY operates at the intersection of physical space and time-based media. Their work explores the creative use and misappropriation of tools and methods, and aims to extend the limitations of representation by means of the production of space as part of its presentation.

As such both exhibitors cross boundaries between art and architectural practice, and produce works which present space as we imagine it in interrogative counterpoint to space as we engage with it in the built environment.

More about Steve Johnson

Born in Whitstable and brought up in Newcastle, Steve Johnson moved to London in 1974 to study at Goldsmiths College and Chelsea School of Art. He has received funding from amongst others Arts Council England, British Council, Pollock-Krasner Foundation (New York) and Stiftung Kunstfonds, Bonn. His work is found in public collections, including Arts Council England, Berlinische Landesmusem for Modern Art, Science Museum, London and the Strang Print Collection. Recent exhibitions include ‘Berlin Transfer’, Berlinische Landesmuseum, Berlin, 2010, ‘the 3D City’, Museum Hilversum, Holland, 2011, ‘Art in Redlight’, Amsterdam Cathedral, 2012, ‘Vielfalt’, Kunsthalle Wiesbaden, 2013, ‘Leaping the Fence’, National Trust Hestercombe House, 2014 and ‘Ortsumgehung’, Kunstverein Baruth, Brandenburg, 2015.

More about eyeTRY

Both Eva Sommeregger and Florian Schafschetzy were born in Austria. Eva holds a Masters Degree in Architectural Design from the Bartlett UCL London and the TU Vienna. She was Schütte-Lihotzky Research Fellow 2010 and Architect in Residence at the MAK in Los Angeles 2011. Currently she is a senior scientist at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna. Her PhD research aims to generate a deeper understanding of how everyday urban practices might be visually and spatially articulated involving a self-reflexive observer’s constantly changing position. Florian studied at the University of Applied Arts, Vienna and completed his graduate studies under the tutelage of Wolf D. Prix. Works he collaborated on were exhibited at the Venice Architecture Biennial 2006; Florian was selected for the MAK Los Angeles Schindler residency 2011. The works of eyeTry have been internationally exhibited, including at MoMa New York.

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