Art preview: “Backyard Topographic” is can’t-miss opportunity to see local artist

By Columbus Alive
From the June 27, 2013 edition

How artist Jonathan Johnson makes his work is so cool. He presses a modified, hand-held flatbed scanner directly onto his natural subjects, like blades of grass and fallen leaves, and then magnifies them into artworks that are huge in size.

This augmentation of the Mother Nature droppings, transformed by the digital effects of the scanner’s light, is an intriguing addition to the canon of art about how technology is changing the way we see the world. Their voluminous size is also a reminder that no matter how big we, as humans, are, Mother Nature still is and always will be bigger and badder than us.

Johnson, who is an assistant professor at Otterbein University, has exhibited his photographs across the U.S. and several other countries, so his work’s stay in our own backyard is a don’t-miss opportunity.