In the current exhibition “Pop,” the downtown Black Hole presents the most recent work from Orlando Johnson, placed in the context of pieces that have stemmed from similar inspirations and in like styles over the past decade.

In a group of work where subjects have been chosen who are inspirational to the artist, one is represented by a piece of his own rather than a portrait of Johnson's — renowned British printer-maker Kip Gresham.

The collection on display illustrates a journey through time and artistic exploration, starting with a suite of screen prints depicting favorites from the artist's life as an adoring Arsenal fan — Patrick Vieira, Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Robert Pires were the pop stars of Johnson’s late teens and early 20s as they formed the backbone of a legendary team in the history of modern soccer — and culminating with a return to painting with an energy-infused depiction of Brian May.

The gallery and artist have found a narrative to weave together subjects as seemingly far apart as Taylor Swift and Sir Martin Rees, the Astronomer Royal. The former is depicted in Johnson's most recent exploration of wood as a medium, where he combines it with mirrored glass; while the eminent scientist sees a switch to paper and collage, a medium that allows a more precise and seamless presentation of idea, and intricacy of cut not previously available.

Having gone from printmaking to pieces from cut wood, these paper collages are a forward step that take a turn toward the earlier works on paper; and a return to painting marks a closing of the artist's circle.

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