GREY AREA Installation at Bergdorf Goodman
New York, 1 February, 2013 — GREY AREA is pleased to present a new body of artwork by Gregory Johnston at Bergdorf Goodman on Fifth Avenue at 58th St. GREY AREA worked with the Bergdorf Goodman Decorative Home team and Eric Firestone Gallery to create an installation that responds and relates to the current selection of home goods on Bergdorf’s 7th Floor, where vintage race car patterns, chrome antiques and Lucite objet are the mode. With their highly finished symmetry, modernist evocation and sheer beauty, Johnston’s work complements and completes the story.
Johnston’s work was borne out of his adoration for cars and Abstract painting. He uses aluminum, with mirror finishes of automotive enamel to create wall-mounted panels. The end results are light, floating fields of color, which resemble “machine-made perfection,” despite Johnston handfiling the sharp edges, and hand-polishing the surfaces. Johnson states that the works “evoke a Zen-like quality through their pure abstraction and compositional symmetry, while at the same time they reference the exhilaration of Grand Prix races of the mid-twentieth century.” Johnston’s work is steeped in Color Field and Geometric Abstract formalist traditions, inspired by such masters as Palermo, Judd, McGlaughlin, and Reinhardt. He explains, “I wish for [the works] to serve as an homage to an obsolete, yet sublime moment in twentieth-century painting.”
On view until March 15th are seven large-scale works and a selection from his limited, smallerscale Gran Prix series. Johnston’s works are available for purchase on the 7th Floor of Bergdorf Goodman.
ABOUT GREY AREA:
GREY AREA, led by Kyle DeWoody and Manish Vora, is an art/retail project that offers artists a venue to explore new ideas and reach new audiences through collaborations, brand partnerships and curated environments.
ABOUT BERGDORF GOODMAN:
Bergdorf Goodman, founded by master tailors Edwin Goodman and Herman Bergdorf, is located on the corner of New York’s Fifth Avenue and 58th Street, the former site of the Cornelius Vanderbilt mansion. There is only one Bergdorf Goodman in the world: The pinnacle of style, service, and inspiration, since 1901.