Claire Johnson

The work of Claire Johnson (b.1986, South Africa) as a solo artist and as part of the creative studio Hoick, which she co-founded, is underpinned by investigation into the relationships that form between humans and objects. Johnson’s debut solo exhibition with the gallery, Changing Hands (2016), consisted of paintings and fabric works featuring compositions of ostensibly abstract forms; each work a representation of an object, personal or found, reduced to unpredictable two-dimensional shapes, questioning the ability of the object to speak for itself once removed from its original context. Remnant (2019), Johnson’s second solo exhibition at the gallery, turns towards the stories and secrets contained within negative space, focusing less on objects themselves than on the stories and impressions that shape our memory of them.

Solo exhibitions
2019 Remnant, SMITH, Cape Town
2016 Changing Hands, SMITH, Cape Town

Group exhibitions
2019 Emphatic Whispers, SMITH, Cape Town
2018 Close Encounters, SMITH, Cape Town 2017 Out of Nowhere, SMITH, Cape Town 2017 Salad, SMITH, Cape Town
2016 Sketch, SMITH, Cape Town 2015 Two, SMITH, Cape Town

Arts fairs
2018 Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, presented by SMITH 2016 Cape Town Art Fair, Cape Town, presented by SMITH
2016 FNB JHB Art Fair, Johannesburg, presented by SMITH