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BLACKWINGEDNIGHT CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2007; CATHERINE L. JOHNSON;
BLACKWINGEDNIGHT                                                          Catherine L. Johnson 2007

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WAHTCOLOROFSKINDOYOUWEAR CATHERINE L. JOHNSON 2013;Catherine L. Johnson;

“My art pursues the beauty of realization

rather

than perfect beauty.”

Catherine L. Johnson
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All of my life I have known an inviolable place of inner freedom containing:
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:
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. 
We were 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
a heartspine vision.
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My life began in the environs and culture of hospitals, 
places where the human theater and universal realities of life and death 
are played out moment-to- moment, 
and where time and space is suspended and is redefined as waiting,
compassion and meditative. 
I have tasted the first inhalation – the breath of new life; 
caressed the full sweeping breath of love and joy;
impaled by the heavy, choking breath of grief;
and 
touched the final exhalation
– the final breath of life.

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 My art bears the viewer to the transcendent moment of an epiphany. 
The moment when one’s heart is suddenly set open and rapt, 
when all the senses are heralded and keen, 
and then,
in the theatre of the heart, 
a cloak slowly and gradually rises and,
at once,
 all the world is seen in gleaming light, simple and innocent clarity,
 and 
all becomes whole. 
A forever and eternal moment is imprinted.

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My art is a spiritual, a gospel song

– call and response.

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Art is a communication vehicle.

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My work is awake to the invisible, visceral, and universal
the very life of life.

My art is my breath.

My art is my wing.

 

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An actual encounter of my art is the authentic experience
 for it is an interacting conversation,
a dialogue of revelation between the art and the viewer.
An artist is a vehicle of the divine and a shaman.
I create as visual artist, a writer, a sonic composer,
and
a social/creative entrepreneur that asks questions
to move, deepen and broaden humanity forward.

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My art/creative explorations is of attending to humanity,
calling out the angels in our nature,
and
move beyond the arbitrary/institutionalized boundaries
that separate and divide the beauty of our humanity.
We all breathe the SAME oxygen.
My work addresses internal and external contemporaneous social issues.

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I am an ARTIST.
The ONLY flag and hurricane lamp
I uphold is toward a wider HUMANITY
of inclusion and integration.
My work addresses social justice issues, yet I do not politicize my art.
My art IS a communication vehicle to engage/inspire/provoke dialogue,
negotiation and greater comprehension and compassion.
I do NOT identify with any labeling except: HUMAN.
My life story shaped the ship,
and,
because of my life story,
I enter challenging and turbulent waters.
I practice courage and compassion and the values of moral intelligence.
I am a social entrepreneur.
My works open up,
breaks open and creates
NEW blueprints/paradigms/concepts/choreography
of living
and
expanding the definition of being A/LIVE and PRESENT.

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The practice of CALL and RESPONSE is a discipline- difficult.  
Listening, truly and deeply listening to another is an art and has the capacity to change the world.
Listening without “labeling” the other,
without excluding the other and without segregating the other- THAT is art.
THAT discipline and practice is being fully human and sacred.
Improvisational dialogue is THE art of truly listening:
CALL and RESPONSE.
To lose: one’s filters,
let go,
not see one’s claimed shoreline
and
need to label
is
moving forward.

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I was nominated for the INSIDE/OUT Lowertown Project – an international project.
 A 52” H x 36” W poster of my portrait was installed outside on a downtown wall.

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The following links are testaments of my art as communication vehicles
that address the shared infinite human experience
and
contemporaneous social injustices.

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My life shaped the ship that gave me the capacity
to cross turbulent waters
with honor, respect and grace.

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Please click on the following links,
placed in chronological order,
and
SCROLL DOWN for their content.

 

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 Catherine L. Johnson, ARTIST
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/about/

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My works are modeled on gospel
and  
accessing the well of the Divine
within me.
  Call / The Artist’s Response

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11 September 2001 / Ecumenical memorial service
at  the Wayzata Community Church
SEPTEMBER 2001 QUARTET
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/11-september-2001-one-four-original-works

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Hurricane Katrina
Pine Tree: HOPE 2005 series
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2012/11/24/the-city-of-scottsdale-selected-my-pine-tree-hope-2005-as-the-citys-2012-holiday-season-promotion-hurricane-katrina-an-international-display-of-humiliation-wherewhen-the-unconscious-fortress/

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Haiti’s Earthquake
SPARROW 2009 series
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/11/12/sparrow-fly-my-heart-free-catherine-l-johnson-2010-deafening-despair-call-and-response-the-sparrow-is-a-symbol-of-the-beloved/
 http://www.bebopified.com/2010/09/rene-marie-sings-truth-at-dakota.html

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SAFETY + HOPE
THERE IS MORE FOR YOU #1  2010
-work chosen to accompany national prize winning poem
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/nest-there-more-you-1-2010

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Japan’s Tsunami and Earthquake
JAPAN MEDITATIONS 2011
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/01/10/peace-on-earth-john-coltrane-live-in-japan-1966-2508-japan-meditatations-catherine-l-johnson-2011/

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Arab Spring
EGYPT 11 FEBRUARY 2011
http://www.mnartists.org/artwork/egypt-11-february-2011

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 THE HALL OF LAMENT: STAND YOUR GROUND FOR TRAYVON MARTIN 2012
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/hall-of-lament-stand-your-ground-for-trayvon-martin-call-out-for-social-justice-moral-couragetruth-2012-st-paul-spring-art-crawl/
http://www.mintpressnews.com/stand-your-ground-sybrina-and-tracy-martin-fight-for-justice-for-trayvon/164383/

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Health insurance
HEAL/THY ARTISTS FORUM 2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/healthy-artists-forum-6-february-2013-health-insurance-for-artists-presenters-mncare-medical-assistance-downtown-ymca-event-creatormoderator-catherine-l-johnson/

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Civil Rights + Children
 IWISHIKNEW 2011
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/03/05/prove-gallery-text-exhibition-8-march-2013-text-showcases-19-selected-american-artists-the-exhibition-features-work-that-is-either-text-based-or-incorporates-text-catherine-l-johnson/

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My 911 call: “There has been an assault, the victim is down
and
was repeatedly kicked in the head! “
Dispatcher: “What color is the victim?”
Me: “The color of blood is red!” 
ISAIAH  – an installation with audio   2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/isaiah-and-first-light-night-multimedia-installation-catherine-l-johnson-dan-choma-spring-2013-st-paul-art-crawl/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/03/11/4-march-2013-what-color-what-difference-does-it-make-911-human-i-do-not-understand-why-people-insist-on-creating-boxes-genres-boundaries-soul-is-not-bound/

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NOTE: this entry received hundreds of views worldwide.
BDSM claimed as an art form and private sexual behavior.
BDSM was practiced within a residential building I live in.  
Shrieks of pain heard by non-consenting neighbors  
were experienced as Domestic Violence.
How does violence, shrieks of pain and/or the suffering of others
inspire art?
Dominance + Submission 2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/19/to-dream-the-impossible-dream-my-anthem-as-a-young-girl-can-violence-become-an-art-form-diddoes-picassos-guernica-1937-inspire-violence-can-you-hear-the-shrieks-did-the-silent-shriek/

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The 50th Anniversary of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s
I HAVE A DREAM and March on Washington for Freedom and Jobs /
THE HUMANITY PORTFOLIO 2013
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/08/29/fifteen-paintings-28-august-2013-the-humanity-portfolio-28-august-2013-the-50th-anniversary-of-the-march-on-washington-for-freedom-jobs-rev-dr-martin-luther-kings-i-have-a-dream-s/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/25-26-27-april-2014-st-paul-art-crawl-last-painting-of-the-humanity-portfolio-exodusimf

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The shape of women’s issues
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/10/15/republished-13-october-2013-the-truth-of-me-is-in-your-wing-of-motion-moving-forward-september-12-2011-by-catherine-l-johnson/
HERHYMNS:
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/20/herhymns-portfolio-2013-1-bemylullaby-i-dive-for-pearls-that-are-shining-deep-within-no-smoke-and-mirrors-nor-doppelgangers-are-welcomed/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/herhymns-portfolio-2013-2-bebraveiwillsingtoyou-i-dive-for-pearls-that-are-shining-deep-within-no-smoke-and-mirrors-nor-doppelgangers-are-welcomed/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/26/herhymns-portfolio-2013-3-listenplaceyourhand-i-dive-for-pearls-that-are-shining-deep-within-no-smoke-and-mirrors-nor-doppelgangers-are-welcomed/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/27/herhymns-portfolio-2013-4-danceseehowmylaugh-i-dive-for-pearls-that-are-shining-deep-within-no-smoke-and-mirrors-nor-doppelgangers-are-welcomed/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/28/herhymns-portfolio-2013-5-firemydreamsarea-i-dive-for-pearls-that-are-shining-deep-within-no-smoke-and-mirrors-nor-doppelgangers-are-welcomed/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/09/30/herhymns-portfolio-2013-6-forgiveiwillgiveyour-i-dive-for-pearls-that-are-shining-deep-within-no-smoke-and-mirrors-nor-doppelgangers-are-welcomed/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/10/01/herhymns-portfolio-2013-7-nightdidyouswallowthe-i-dive-for-pearls-that-are-shining-deep-within-no-smoke-and-mirrors-nor-doppelgangers-are-welcomed/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2013/10/02/herhymns-portfolio-2013-8-touchmetouchmy-i-dive-for-pearls-that-are-shining-deep-within-no-smoke-and-mirrors-nor-doppelgangers-are-welcomed/

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Resilence 
Gingko WINGS portfolio 2013-2014
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/ginkgo-wings-portfolio-2013-2014-ginkgo-wings-riseriseirisewewillriserise-2014-ginkgo-symbol-of-hope-tenacity-profound-endurance-maria-callas-sempre-libera-la-traviata/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/visibleinvisible-scars-of-abuse-institutionalized-perpetrators-silent-complicity-moral-obligation-cowardice-accountability-truth-breaking-free-couragestronger-than-you-think-you-a/

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Note: This entry received hundreds of views worldwide,
and continues to be viewed.
“DISABLED” marginalization v. dominant culture

 

“DIFFERENTLY-ABLED“
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Do YOU play the violin equally to Itzhak Perlman  2014 
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/08/01/disability-disrespect-can-you-play-the-violin-equally-to-itzhak-perlman-no-does-that-mean-you-are-disabled-what-is-essential-is-invisible-to-the-eye-the-little-prince/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/08/24/hip-hand-heart/  

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LOVE + BEAUTY + ANAM CARA is a boundless energy of Amazing Grace
ALLTHETHINGSYOUARE  2014
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/08/29/allthethingsyouare-i-x-portfolio-summer-2014-catherine-l-johnson/

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ROWINGINEDEN  2015
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/03/06/rowingineden-2015-catherine-l-johnson-wild-nights-wild-nights-emily-dickinson/

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Cross-fertilization of 3 synergistic venues of improvisation
 THE AUTOMATIC MESSAGE exhibition @ INSTINCT ART GALLERY 2014
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/9-20-14-11-1-14-the-automatic-message-exhibition-instinct-the-dakota-kbem-a-premiere-confluencejam-session-of-3-premier-venues-of-improvisationcreative-courage/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2014/10/29/onlyonlyonlyonly-4days-4u-3days-4u-2days-4u-1days-4u-2c-the-automatic-message-the-4321-to-the-closing-of-the-automatic-message-instinct-904-nicollet-mall-what-you-see-is-based-on-who-you/

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Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, Eric Garner
and
Black Male American Youth 
CIVIL RIGHTS MATTER IN AMERICA
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/01/20/civil-rights-matter-civil-rights-matter-civil-rights-matter-march-on/

 

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HUMANLY POSSIBLE: THE EMPATHY EXHIBITION
 INSTINCT ART GALLERY  / NOVEMBER 2015 – JANUARY 2016
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-press-release/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/23/the-opening-21-november-2015-instinct-art-gallery-opens-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-the-call-response-of-honorable-relationships-that-creates-beauty/
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/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/14/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-21-november-2015-16-january-2016-freshdriedbloodiamhuman-2013-catherine-l-johnson-the-humanity-port/
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/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/10/nest-foryoutruthismywing-catherine-l-johnson-2010-nest-foryoumygiftisnothiding-catherine-l-johnson-2010-16-january-2016-closing-date-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibiti/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2016/01/04/the-writings-herhymns-be-brave-lullaby-i-thou-poem-a-lullaby-for-a-lover-catherine-l-johnson-interdisciplinary-artist-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/12/11/iwishiknew-2011-catherine-l-johnson-mindless-menace-of-violence-robert-f-kennedy-5-april-1968-humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/28/humanly-possible-the-empathy-exhibition-instinct-art-gallery-mpls-herhymns-forgive-i-will-give-catherine-l-johnson-2012-thelonious-monk-dont-blame-me-1966-livedenmark/
https://catherineljohnson.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/pine-tree-hope-2005-catherine-l-johnson-serenitycourage-to-changeprayer-xenophobia-america-wasis-an-innovation-an-ongoing-experimentimprovisation-of-freedom-humanly-possible-the-empa/

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Thank you.

Catherine

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ROWINGINEDEN  #4                                                                   Catherine L. Johnson 2015

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