Respectability in Art is Appalling
Carl B. Johnson has been called a “Twisted Hopper” by curator and artist Rachel Citrino, and dubbed “Outlaw Artist” by his friend and internationally renowned poet walt Christopher stickney. He has exhibited extensively and his work resides in private collections throughout the United States.
A quasi-representational painter, Carl obscures the lines between Abstract Expressionism and Contemporary Impressionism creating a style that is truly unique. His most accessible works involve the artist’s observations of disappearing faces, scenes and events in his community.
In addition to two-dimensional representational painting, Carl creates three-dimensional assemblage from found objects. Re-purposing what would otherwise be trash, Carl uses this sculptural exploration as an avenue for social, political and religious commentary.
With partner Liz Nicklus, Carl designs and creates large-scale mosaic murals for public and private installation. Liz and Carl call this partnership Independent Artist Studios.
Carl served as an officer on the board of directors of the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts for the first few years of its development. He is a founding member of the Glasstown Nine, a painting group comprised of Cumberland County artists.
For seven years, Carl published a regional underground arts newspaper, “INFERNO”. That venture morphed into a more general desktop publishing business. The Genesis of Inferno Publishing was Bar Exam: musings from the bar stool, documenting the disappearing neighborhood bar; this book features his bar paintings and bar stool wisdom. It is available from Amazon. com and other online bookstores.
Carl served on the board of directors of the Da Vinci Art Alliance in Philadelphia. He also sat on the board of AHOME (Affordable Homes of Millville, Ecumenical), a non-profit with a mission to provide lower income working families with affordable homes of their own.
In addition to these boards, Carl was a member of the Design Committee and Wayfinding sub-Committee of Millville’s Main Street Organization. He sat on the Mayor’s Task Force, as well as the Weed and Seed Steering Committee. He served as Chair of the Millville Center City Neighborhood Group, and also the Citizen-Police Advisory Committee (CiPAC). Carl currently sits on the board of SACA (Superstition Arts and Cultural Alliance).
As an outspoken community activist, he has targeted both liberal and conservative alike, and is known for bringing acerbic wit to play in his editorial rampages uncovering half-truths and lies by public officials and organizations. As the dark presence behind the MagazzuWatch.com political blog, Carl is solely responsible for the shift in power in Cumberland County politics, a role which he later regretted, as he discovered that the new power-brokers were just as corrupt as the old power-brokers. However, in a move that he does not regret, the most powerful and corrupt pol in Cumberland County, NJ was forced to resign in disgrace; Lou Magazzu will have a difficult time shoehorning his way back into the political arena.
In 2012, Carl relocated to Apache Junction, AZ. He has no intention of getting involved in political rabble-rousing, but intends to devote his full energies to art, creative writing, and publishing.
Self-employed, Carl designs websites in addition to his other duties. He prefers to work primarily with artists and non-profit arts related groups. Carl tutors on the basics of graphic digital design and desk top publishing using Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign, and web site design using Macromedia’s Dreamweaver.
Carl enjoys motorcycles, good music, fine cigars and very dry martinis. This doesn’t mean he can necessarily afford any of the above. His politics range from the socially liberal to the fiscally responsible, with a peppering of good old fashioned paranoia.