The Johnson Atelier has a 50 year history of collaborating with artists to design, produce, and restore works of art. Find out about the exciting projects that we lead and contribute to here.
Michele Oka Doner
200 YEARS OLD TIMES 2: "Wooden Benches" began with a digital scan of a hand-carved wooden driftwood bench from Doner's studio. This was then digitally placed into a scanned 200 year-old tulip poplar log and then CNC milled to produce two identical replicas.
Vivian Caccuri and Miles Greenberg combined their talents to create an exhibition blending sound, sculpture, and embroidery.
The digital atelier worked with Aria Dean to fabricate "2 Cubes," part of the artists' series of colliding cubes, in her custom, signature chromagreen. JAD produced variable editions of the work in collaboration with Chateau Shatto for Art Basel 2022.
CONSCIOUSNESS IS A SIMULATION: JAD worked with Aria Dean's digitally rendered geometric collisions and fabricated variable physical editions of "Little Island/Gut Punch," for Aria Dean and Greene Naftali Gallery.
MAKE ME A HORSE: A colloboration with Aria Dean and Greene Naftali Gallery, "FIGURE A, Friesian Mare" is a continuation of Dean's fascination with digital simulations. The artist brought JAD a rendered model of a small toy horse that had sustained a battery of simulated collisions. The finished 3D model that was then output and fabricated at JAD as a physical object, with the organic form of the horse barely recognizable in the finished sculpture.
A STATE OF TRANSFORMATION: For "Late October," three sculptures were milled from a high-density material that could eventually be moulded and cast in bronze as positives, so the work appears to exist in permanent transformation.
SUGAR AS SCULPTURE: Walker partnered with Creative Time and JAD to produce her first-ever large-scale public project. Situated within the sprawling industrial relics of Brooklyn’s legendary Domino Sugar Factory, the installation—called "A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby" is a sphinx-like woman composed of massive blocks coated in several tons of sugar.
THE DEEP AND UNKNOWABLE: Hayden approached JAD with the idea of fabricating a functional rowboat out of solid wood. Following the artist's specific and detailed instructions, JAD milled and hand-carved the hull of the 14-foot vessel out of oak; the skeletal, rib-like details out of cedar. "Gulf Stream" was then transported and installed on-site along the coast of Brooklyn.
REALIZING AN ALTERNATE HISTORY: In "Ruins of Empire," artist Kiyan Williams reimagines the Statue of Freedom—a historic bronze monument atop the U.S. Capitol Building—as an earthen ruin of acrylic, steel and dirt. The work was commissioned by Public Art Fund as part of Black Atlantic at Brooklyn Bridge Park in New York City.
WHAT'S UP, DOC: "Janky and Guggimon" are the foundational characters that make up the wider Superplastics multiverse. Already a social media and NFT market juggernaut, the artists worked with JAD to bring their characters to vibrant physical form.
YOU'RE THE MAN NOW, DOG: "Dackle the Dog" was designed by Superplastic in collaboration with auto manufacturer Mercedes-Benz. Mercedes approached the artist to commission a unique one-off sculpture [in celebration of XXX?]. The resulting work, milled in urethane and given a polished finish through the application of automotive-grade paint and chrome details (such as the cheeky application of the car manufacturers iconic logo mark around Dackel's neck).
THE BEAR IS ALIVE: "Stuffed Bear (Precious)" is part of a series of completely custom animatronic bears covered in faux fur details. The bears' eyes move and their chests articulate to simulate realistic breathing.