Opening Reception - April 6, 2017 (7pm-9pm) , Collectors Club (6pm)
Johan Wahlstrom is one of today's brightest artists who is making a conscious effort to describe the social political landscape of our contemporary world. The work is relevant on many levels. His use of political iconography and brash painting style brings to the fore a raw juxtaposition of issues facing everyday life. The use of corporate media's images and information gathered from various news outlets are the underpinnings of his compositions. A narrative emerges that is a time capsule of our society today. A sharp critique of fascism and authoritarianism is a reoccurring theme throughout. The titles of the work may be ironic at times but the painting's narratives strike a true emotional chord with politically engaged viewer.