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Johansson Projects

Art Murmur regulars may already be familiar with this small, hip gallery located at the corner of 23rd Street and Telegraph Avenue, right at the center of First Friday festivities, but gallerygoers interested in seeing well-crafted and ingenious contemporary art when the crowds are no longer troublesome should add it to their diurnal art itineraries. The two- or three-person exhibitions here are of high quality, and are aesthetically consistent to a surprising degree. While the gallery's long, arcaded space may remind you a little of Romanesque church architecture, the faux-grass ceiling by Misako Inaoka, the recycled exploded-bark floor, and the variously lyrical or ironic artworks by local and international artists Jim Campbell, Nathan Cordero, Jill Gallenstein, Amanda Hughen, Lawrence LaBianca, Kristina Lewis, Tadashi Moriyama, Jen Stark, and Katy Stone, among others, will erase any incipient feelings of High Church of Art intimidation — as will the titles of the shows, which are often as strange and humorous as the artwork hanging on the walls or from the ceiling, or scuttling across the floors or around corners.


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