july, 2021

28jul7:00 pm8:30 pmBook Signing with David Johnson


Event Details

The Foundry Art Centre is proud to host a book signing with
exhibiting artist David Johnson. In conjunction with his current exhibition at
the FAC, Johnson’s book It Can Be This
Way Always: Images from the Kerrville Folk Festival
documents his 13-year
photo series of the Kerrville Folk Festival in Central Texas – an annual 18-day
event that has been in existence since 1972.

Johnson’s large-format photographs capture a distinctive
subculture that emerges within an isolated 52-acre ranch through portraits of
the festival-goers and the Texas Hill Country. It Can Be This Way Always focuses on a vernacular of time, the
21st-century event with 20th-century aesthetics, observing the American
traveling troubadour and the unique camaraderie and society that develop when
such individuals come together.

The artist will lead a short conversation in the gallery before
signing. Copies of It Can Be This Way
Always: Images from the Kerrville Folk Festival
will be available after the
event in the Foundry Art Centre gift shop.

David Johnson is an artist, educator, and curator based in
Iowa City, Iowa. He received his MFA in Visual Art from Washington University
in St. Louis in 2007, and earned his BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in
Photography from Texas Christian University. In 2011, David was awarded the
Great Rivers Visual Arts Award from the Gateway Foundation. This biennial award
culminated with his 2012 exhibition institutional
and strange overtones
at the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis. Wig Heavier than a Boot, a collaborative project with poet Philip
Matthews, was published by Kris Graces Projects in 2019, and was featured at
the 2020 Fotofest Biennial in Houston. The University of Texas Press published
Johnson’s second book, It Can Be This Way
Always: Images from the Kerrville Folk Festival
in March 2021.

Johnson’s photographs have been exhibited internationally,
including the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, Mildred Lane Kemper Museum,
Fort Wayne Museum of Art, National Building Museum in Washington D.C., and
Rathaus in Stuttgart, Germany. His work can be found in the collection at the
Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Don’t Take Pictures, the Humble
Arts Foundation, Lenscratch, Photo-Emphasis, and Fraction Magazine have featured
his work online. David has curated exhibitions for Center for Creative Arts,
Paul Artspace, and the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in St.

“We are thrilled to host David Johnson at the Foundry for a
book signing.” explained Sean FitzGibbons, the
Foundry Art Centre’s Executive Director. “To be able to bring such an
accomplished artist to the Foundry is always special, but to be able to bring
David Johnson here to speak about this project and be available to sign his
book is truly exciting.”

Exhibitions and events at the Foundry are free and open to the
public. For more information, please visit us at foundryartcentre.org or
email Jessica Mannisi, Art & Exhibitions Coordinator at
[email protected]

About the Foundry Art Centre
As a vibrant home to the arts, the Foundry Art Centre raises awareness and
appreciation of the arts throughout the region. Alive with activity, the
Centre’s programming reinforces the importance of the arts and helps ensure
that arts and culture remain vital. Artists, patrons, young people and the
community at large continually find new ways to interact at this unique


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