In the early 1970s, Johnson broke away from painting to follow a conceptual, ideas-based mode of art-making, involving performance, sound and installation works. An active member of the independent artist-run gallery Inhibodress (1970–72) in Sydney, he was one of several artists who worked outside the established art system, challenging the boundaries of what was considered to be art.
"Radio Birdman", Tim Johnson, Synthetic Polymer Paint, 1978
In the mid to late 1970s, Johnson became immersed in the punk music scene, which he felt paralleled the performance art and conceptual activities of the early 1970s. This informed a body of work encompassing prints, paintings, photographs, film and sound recordings, some of which are presented here.
Returning to painting in the 1980s, Johnson spent time with Aboriginal artists at Papunya, north-west of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. The collaborative and cross-cultural spirit of this important period had a transformative effect on his art-making, laying the foundation for ideas and ways of working that have remained with him throughout his career.
This is the sixth exhibition in the Artist Room, a series highlighting an artist’s work in the MCA Collection.
Exhibition Dates: Until 27th July 2020
Exhibition Hours: 10am-5pm daily – Wednesday until 9pm
Venue: MCA Australia, 140 George St, The Rocks, Sydney, NSW 2000
Directions - https://www.mca.com.au/plan-your-visit/#Getting