mundane cardboard transformed into thought provoking images

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Judy Johnson-Williams, our former hmb partner in crime, is now living in Oakland and hosting her first East Bay Open Studio.

I’ve always loved her work for taking the very humble brown cardboard and making it her canvas. She uses an exacto knife to reveal the layers of corrugate and to shows what’s underneath the black ink she puts on the top layer. Her pieces reminds me of notan, the Japanese process of reducing images to the simple contrast of black and white, yet she goes far beyond that. She creates very detailed and thought provoking images that often involve the challenges of women in today’s political and world climate.

East Bay Open Studios
June 2, 3, 9, 10, from 11-6pm
347 Lewis St, Oakland, CA 94607
www.judyjohnson-williams.com

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