I’LL BE BACK-THOUGH I GO 10,000 MILES

Heather Johnson is on a solo 10,000 motor bike expedition from Weehawken, NJ to Joshua Tree, CA for a month long residency in the Mojave Desert. She will be making stops along the way and leaving art/remnants along the way. Johnson is always generous with her process and is documenting this project in her blog: In Search of the Frightening and Beautiful.

In this project Johnson explains: At any location I take from, I will leave a part of myself in exchange. Like a trail of breadcrumbs, there will be bits of me left all around the country for people to encounter and wonder about later. This blog will be updated regularly with road stories, photos and GPS tracks, in case anyone out there wants to trace my steps and hunt down my breadcrumbs…

Today she surprised us with a visit as she was crossing through Texas!

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During her tenure in Austin Johnson created Cracks in the Pavement, a project that is addressed the urban landscape and focused on the overlooks spaces. She would leave hidden art works in spaces and you could find a map and take away the treasures if you found them. Her work forces us to connect with our surroundings-in hopes that realizing a new intimacy will result not taking our everyday environment for granted.

In 2006 she exhibited at Women & Their Work and covered our walls with “chit chat” she heard in the NYC subways. Johnson painstakingly embroidered the fleeting conversations she heard. She also installed graphite and vinyl text through out the gallery walls and floor.

Follow and support Heather Johnson on her frightening & beautiful voyage!

To Heather: I miss having you in Austin! Keep the shiny side up!

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About Women and Their Work Gallery

Known for its pioneering spirit, embrace of artistic innovation, and commitment to Texas audiences and artists, Women & Their Work Art Space is a one of a kind statewide non-profit organization. Voted “Best Gallery” numerous times in the Austin Chronicle Readers Poll, Women & Their Work Gallery showcases exhibitions of contemporary art throughout the year and presents performances, readings, film screenings and educational outreach programs.
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