Johnnie Winona Ross


February 18 – March 21, 2015

Verde Seeps, 2009, acrylic burnished on bleached linen, 36 x 34 in (91 x 87 cm)

Deep Creek Seeps - Oct, 2008, acrylic, gypsum, titanium, zinc, carbonized bone, various oxides and marble burnished on linen, 18 x 17 in (46 x 43 cm)

Seep - 10, 2013, various minerals and pigment burnished on linen, 60 x 57 in (152 x 145 cm)

Seep - 11, 2013, various minerals and pigments burnished on linen, 72 x 69.5 in (183 x 176 cm)

Bean Creek - 01, 2009, titanium, zinc, graphite, carbonized bone and various oxides burnished on linen, 24 x 22.5 in (61 x 57 cm)

STUX + HALLER is excited to announce the opening of Johnnie Winona Ross: Traces, the 9th solo exhibition of the artist with Haller and his first at the new Stux + Haller 24 West 57th Street space.

Johnnie Winona Ross grounds his luminous minimalist paintings in the inspiration of the desert of the American Southwest, and borrows techniques from ancient Native American sources burnishing pigment and minerals with a potterʼs stone to create a hard surface of translucent depth. This creates an effect for his meditative paintings that is reminiscent of the softening of marble steps. He melds this process with a distinctly sophisticated and utterly contemporary vision.
Washington Post critic Stephen Parks characterizes Rossʼ work in this way: “From a distance his canvases appear to be simple, minimal constructions of horizontal stripes with hints of vertical color in the background. Up close the paintings are seen to be extraordinarily beautiful and complex objects that induce a humming meditative state.” Ross states: “I try to produce a physical object which is extra- ordinary from oneʼs everyday life. An object that transcends the physical.”

In his foreword to the monograph Johnnie Winona Ross, Douglas Dreishpoon, Chief Curator Emeritus of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery, writes:
“These paintings embody two worlds: one a realm of serene order; the other more unpredictable, a place prone to accident and surprise encounter. The balancing of divergent realms, fraught with tension, is a salient characteristic of this work, where temporal forces, like imaginary rivers glimpsed from the heavens, surge beneath plains of pure light.”

Critic Carter Ratcliff writes: “What gives his vision its character, finally, is the brilliance with which he integrates minutiae with overall structures...Rossʼ art gives us an opportunity to feel an exhilarated engagement with the moment.”