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EYE OF THE LAMB

ART GALLERY OPENING

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 19TH

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Gallery opens at 7:15

Show at 8:00 pm.

Reception to follow.

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FEATURING  ORIGINAL WORKS BY:

Katayoun Amjadi

http://www.katayoun.com/

Catherine L. Johnson

http://www.mnartists.org/catherine-l-johnson
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/

John Ilg

http://www.mnartists.org/johnilg

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PLAYWRIGHTS_CENTER_OPENING_NIGHT_ANNE_CLJ_TRISTA_19FEB2016L-R: Anne Enneking-“Gertrude Bell”, me- PRIVATE RHYTHM triptych above + Trista Baldwin– playwright

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PLAYWRIGHTS_CENTER_EYE_OF_THE LAMB_PROGRAM NOTESEYE OF THE LAMB– program notes

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itempropAlana Horton Taous Khazem as Marie and Annie Enneking as Gertrude Bell.

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REVIEW OF EYE OF THE LAMB:

Chris Hewitt / St. Paul Pioneer Press
http://www.twincities.com/2016/02/20/eye-of-the-lamb-review-should-it-have-been-gertrude-of-arabia/

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Lisa Brock / Minneapolis Star Tribune
http://www.startribune.com/theater-review-eye-of-the-lamb-explores-englishwoman-s-role-in-1920s-iraq/369699451/

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Join us for the opening of Trista Baldwin’s

EYE OF THE LAMB

and
be the first to see a gallery of artwork
curated by John Ilg especially for this production.

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Stay after for a reception with the artists and actors.

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About EYE OF THE LAMB:

https://i2.wp.com/gutenberg.net.au/ebooks04/0400461h-images/0400461h-16.jpg

Gertrude Margaret Lowthian Bell

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gertrude_Bell
She has been called the female Lawrence of Arabia, which, while not inaccurate, fails to give Gertrude Bell her due.
She was at one time the most powerful woman in the British Empire: a nation builder, the driving force behind the creation of modern-day Iraq.

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1920’s Baghdad is brought to life as we hear the story of
Gertrude Bell’s
improbable transformation
from Victorian aristocrat to “Queen” of Iraq.

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A death-defying, globe trotting adventurer, Gertrude Bell
(played by Annie Enneking)
tells us how she gained “Personhood” in the Arabian Peninsula
and drew the borders of modern day Iraq.

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EYE OF THE LAMB
takes a frank look at British Imperialism in the Middle East
and the contradictory woman
who played a pivotal role in colonization,
while simultaneously fighting against it.

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Playwrights’ Center

https://pwcenter.org/
2301 Franklin Avenue East
Minneapolis, MN

 

For more information and to purchase tickets:
http://www.workhauscollective.org

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Catherine L. Johnson is an interdisciplinary artist.

Her PRIVATE RHYTHM triptych was selected for the production of
EYE OF THE LAMB
because of the wide exploratory nature of her work and the artist’s resonance to
Bell’s maverick character/”personhood”.
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/private-rhythm-beautifulfortitude-2009

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PRIVATE RHYTHM

TRIPTYCH

 

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Top to bottom:
PRIVATE RHYTHM: BEAUTYISDIVINE
PRIVATE RHYTHM: MYTHROATISSINGING
 PRIVATE RHYTHM: BEAUTIFULFORTITUDE

 

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Dimensions of framed works: 46” H x 30”W
Year created: 2009  

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Catherine L. Johnson’s work is represented by INSTINCT Art Gallery,
940 Nicollet Mall, Minneapolis.
Thirteen of her original works were selected for INSTINCT’S recent offering:

HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION.

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http://www.instinctmpls.com/empathy/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/review-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-the-path-to-empathy-by-mpls-star-tribune-art-critic-mary-abbe-published-new-year-s-day-2016/ http://www.instinctmpls.com/automaticmessage/

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YOU_DO_1_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONYOU DO #1                                                                                     Catherine L. Johnson  2016

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YOU_DO_2_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSON_edited-3YOU DO #2                                                                                  Catherine L. Johnson 2016

 

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YOU_DO_3_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONYOU DO #3                                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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YOU_DO_4_2016_CATHERINELJOHNSONYOU DO #4                                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson 2016

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YOU DO

http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/you-do-1-you-do-2-you-do-3-you-do-4-triptychs-2016

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January 26, 2016
Staying True to Your Word
Power in Honesty
by Madisyn Taylor

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Your honest word is one of your most precious and powerful possessions.

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Promises are easily made. Keeping them often proves more difficult because when we are pressured to strive always for perfection, we find it simpler to agree to undertake impossible tasks than to say no. Likewise, there is an infinite array of circumstances that conspire to goad us into telling falsehoods, even when we hold a great reverence for truth. When you endeavor to consistently keep your word, however, you protect your reputation and promote yourself as someone who can be trusted to be unfailingly truthful. Though your honesty may not always endear you to others—for there will always be those who fear the truth—you can nonetheless be certain that your integrity is never tarnished by the patina of deceit. Since frankness and sincerity form the basis of all life-enriching relationships, your word is one of your most precious and powerful possessions.

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When we promise more than we can deliver, hide from the consequences of our actions through falsehoods, or deny our true selves to others, we hurt those who were counting on us by proving that their faith was wrongly given. We are also hurt by the lies we tell and the promises we break. Integrity is the foundation of civilization, allowing people to live, work, and play side by side without fear or apprehension. As you cultivate honesty within yourself, you will find that your honor and reliability put people at ease. Others will feel comfortable seeking out your friendship and collaborating with you on projects of great importance, certain that their positive expectations will be met. If you do catch yourself in a lie, ask yourself what you wanted to hide and why you felt you couldn’t be truthful. And if life’s surprises prevent you from keeping your word, simply admit your error apologetically and make amends quickly.

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Since the path of truth frequently represents the more difficult journey, embarking upon it builds character. You can harness the power of your word when you do your best to live a life of honesty and understand what motivates dishonesty. In keeping your agreements and embodying sincerity, you prove that you are worthy of trust and perceive values as something to be incorporated into your daily existence.

 

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IPROMISETOTELL_2015_CATHERINELJOHNSONIPROMISETOTELL                                                            Catherine L. Johnson 2015
IPROMISETOTELL_2015_CATHERINELJOHNSONIPROMISETOTELL                                                                Catherine L. Johnson  2015

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WOMEN+VERBS+TELLING THE TRUTH+BREATHING WITH SOUL
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/02/03/womenangerverbstelling-the-truth/

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CATHERINE L. JOHNSON / ARTIST

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Education:
Macalester College
University of Minnesota
Minneapolis Institute of Art (BFA)
Tyler School of Art, Temple University
Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University (MFA)

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Prestigious Fellowships:
PS. 1 International Studio Residency Fellowship affiliated with MOMA, NYC
– 1 of 41 artists selected worldwide for the prestigious year-long residency  with a stipend provision.

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Bush Artist Fellowship

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Joan Mitchell Artist Fellowship– nominated 3 times – the nomination selection is made in secret by museum curators/gallerists.

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My art is in prominent corporate and private collections nationwide.

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Please click on link to view my visuals: 

http://www.mnartists.org/catherine-l-johnson

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“BEAUTY IS NOT CAUSED. IT IS.”  

Emily Dickinson

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 The experience/witnessing of my art is likened to viewing a photograph of a lover in contrast to reveling in the actual presence of the beloved

-a real commUnIcation.

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So it is with ALL my work: listen to the cadence, the shape, the pause, the movement, and the silence…

My art pursues the beauty of realization rather than perfect beauty.

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All of my life I have known an inviolable place of inner freedom containing:

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Earth; pieces of washed clear blue skies; brilliant unfolding blooms; wings of flight; the color and arcs of rainbows; the hallelujah chorus of wind, rain and rivers; and the white glistened silence of ice.

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This was my chrysalis:

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My life was baptized in hospitals, a place where time and space was defined as waiting, compassion and hope. No flag of creed, race, religion, gender, or social rank was raised. 

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We were all horizontal breathing beds. I lived in a body cast with a shaven head. Visitors were allowed once a week for two hours and touching was forbidden- like an art museum with limited hours. 

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I was a broken Ming vase re-created with expert hands and I was set on fire with love.

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My art offers the viewer the transcendent moment of an epiphany. The moment when one’s heart is suddenly set open and rapt and when all the senses are heralded and keen.

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My art is I/ ThoU – the sacred, sensuous dialogue of call + response, an intimate dance unfolds and the gospel song is “I see you- you, an unrepeatable field of gold”.  

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My art is improvisational-attending to both the sound of the silver horn within the wilderness of my soul- and in response/dialogue with the external world.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ABOUT THE ARTIST: https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/

 

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PATTI SMITH

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CHARLES LLOYD
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-9ydZwBB29c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kdSHxaC2NWw

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IPROMISETOTELL_2015_CATHERINELJOHNSONIPROMISETOTELL                                                                 Catherine L. Johnson 2015

 

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ABOVE: THE TRACING OF MY RIGHT HAND –MY CONDUIT/MY INSTRUMENT/MY DIVINING ROD TO TELL THE TRUTH.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERACreSCENTwATerMoON                                                                      Catherine L. Johnson   2009

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“HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE Lullaby”

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BE BRAVE.

I AM NOT AFRAID.

I WILL SING TO YOU,

A SONG OF BEAUTY

SINGING LIGHT + GRACE

BE BRAVE.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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The silver crescent moon shines bright.

Silver, silver crescent moon smiles light.

The silver crescent moon sees you day and night.

Silver crescent moon, up so high, sings to you in the starlight.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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You are wrapped in love’s kind warmth tonight.

I kiss your soft cheeks, hands and feet to your smiling delight.

You feel loved and safe – cuddled and cradled in my arms tight.

I wrap your sweet body, tenderly, in my arms- by candlelight.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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The moon knows your name in the deep dark blue of midnight.

The stars know your name in the soft blue evening of twilight.

The sun knows your name in the shining yellow dawn of daylight.

I know your name ALL through and through the day and night.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

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The silver moon and shiny stars sing, dear little one, time to sleep.

The trees’ branches hold thousands of nests for little birds to sleep.

The Earth we stand on in the day is a gift of a nighttime bed to sleep.

My heart is your moon and my arms are your nests to sleep.

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Hush Hush Hush dear little one Hush Hush

BE BRAVE.

I AM NOT AFRAID.

I WILL SING TO YOU,

A SONG OF BEAUTY

SINGING LIGHT + GRACE

BE BRAVE.

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Catherine L. Johnson

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Written/performed @ INSTINCT Art Gallery’s

“ONE HUNDRED LULLABIES FOR SYRIAN REFUGEES”

5 December 2015  
Collaboration and accompanied by Lars-Erik Larson /composer + percussionist
HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE Lullaby was based on the original painting HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE  2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/08/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-herhymns-be-brave-2013-catherine-l-johnson-singing-is-a-balm-to-the-distressed/

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HERHYMNS: BE BRAVE                                                                       Catherine L. Johnson   2013

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Call_and_ Response_ Frequency-and-Resonance_2008_CATHERINELJOHNSON_VISUAL_I_ThoU_poem_2011Call/Response                                                                             Catherine L. Johnson  2004

 

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I /ThoU- a lullaby for a lover

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Come to me with your coal and diamonds:

with your armor and secrets;

with your sweet water;

with the vast blue sky in your mouth and ear;

with your worn and eternal humanity; and

with your desire to open your blood 

to love. 

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Come to me with your root and veins:

in mud and debris;

in fear and bitterness;

in uncertainty and tears;

in shreds and shame; and

in belief and faith

to love.

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Come to me with your hands open:

to breathe;

to fall;

to rise;

to break open; and

to speak and sing

to love.

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Come to me with touch and a soft candle:

for no language;

for music;

for unbound universes;

for unmade bed cathedrals; and

for joy 

to love.

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Come to me to release the divinity:

of all the colors and tastes and sounds of true blue;

of once excruciating scars;

now of nourishing and unspeakable sex;

of gentle caress; and

of being found

to love.

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As a gospel song of freedom,

I will respond the same

for you.

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 Catherine L. Johnson
24 June 2010
For _________.

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INSTINCT ART GALLERY

21 NOVEMBER 2015 – 16 JANUARY 2016

Tuesdays- Saturdays: 12 Noon – 5 pm
http://www.instinctmpls.com/current/
https://www.facebook.com/instinctartmpls/
940 NICOLLET MALL, MINNEAPOLIS

 

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“The path to empathy”– by Mary Abbe, Art Critic for Minneapolis Star Tribune.
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/02/review-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-the-path-to-empathy-by-mpls-star-tribune-art-critic-mary-abbe-published-new-year-s-day-2016/
Published: New Year’s Day 2016

 

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ABOUT THE ARTIST: https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/ 

 

 

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