Detail View

Crossing Livingston County Again
Date: 2014-2015
Culture: AMERICAN
Dimensions: image: 36 x 40 in. (91.4 x 101.6 cm) frame: 38 x 41 3/4 x 1 1/2 in. (96.5 x 106 x 3.8 cm)
Medium: oil on canvas
Credit Line: Helen Sheridan Memorial Fund purchase
Label Text: Marilyn Johnson called these abstractions of her latter years “roadscapes.” The term reveals their connection to her life-long attention to landscape. She composed this painting from sketches made in the car’s passenger seat on roadtrips to the Finger Lakes region of New York. A country road becomes a vertical, green shaft flanked by abstracted foliage and lakes. From this lower region of larger forms in calming greens and blues, we feel an acceleration toward the busier, multi-colored layering in the “distance.” The painting is neither a simplification nor an embellishment of a single view along the road. Rather, the roadscape, like memory, is a very individual assemblage of transitory visions and impressions along a greater journey. Marilyn Johnson was a positive force in the Kalamazoo art scene since the 1970s. A well-respected painter of portraits, urban landscapes, and abstractions, she exhibited regularly, winning local and state awards.
Object Number: 2017.42
Currently on view