Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure – Afro Futurism to Afro Surrealism

Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure

Afro Futurism to Afro Surrealism

January 19 - August 30, 2015

This one-man show features works by New York sculptor and Inkster, Michigan-native M. Scott Johnson. Scott’s education as a sculptor began in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, where he studied traditional and contemporary stone sculpting under the tutelage of the local artists who occupied the endless alleyways of the city, and apprenticed with master sculptor, national hero and elder statesman of Zimbabwe stone sculpture Nicholas Mukomberanwa (1940 - 2002). Driven to comprehend new relationships between rhythm and line in the African Diaspora, Scott’s work has also been strongly influenced by African American techno music, Ndyuka and Saramaka graphic art forms, Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, and Makonde sculpture.

Johnson’s work has been exhibited in galleries across the United States and internationally including the National Gallery of Zimbabwe, Harvard University, and The New York Botanical Gardens. His sculptures are in numerous private and public collections, most notably those of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture and the Hampton University Museum.

Shadow Matter: The Rhythm of Structure – Afro Futurism to Afro Surrealism is free with museum admission, and is made possible by support from MGM Grand Detroit, General Motors Foundation, Delphi Foundation, Fifth Third Bank, PNC Bank, Global Automotive Alliance, and the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.