Tamara Johnson

    Exhibition: Off-site: Backyard Pool

    Backyard Pool, 2014

    Concrete, ceramic tile, aluminum, fiberglass, grass seed, and acrylic paint

    26" x 528" x 317"

    Exhibition: EAF13: 2013 Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition

    A Public Pool, 2013

    Concrete, aluminum, plaster, paint, plastic, seed

    372" x 240" x 16"

    In New York City, every inch has a history. Sometimes that history is clearly visible in the present and sometimes it’s lost. There are also those moments when history lingers in a space through decay or neglect, nature creeps in, and a landscape that was once recognizable transforms into something foreign. How long does it take to merge a new landscape into something familiar? And what does it mean to construct that new space? These are the questions that Tamara Johnson raises with her installation A Public Pool at Socrates Sculpture Park. The vast public pools built during the city’s Robert Moses era, and specifically the 1936 pool in Astoria Park - a short walk from Socrates, has inspired this sunken pool. With this installation, Johnson is also recalling a memory of a pool in the front yard of her childhood home in Waco, TX. In attempting to connect two places, past and present, she elicits a range of emotions, from a humorous prank to the tragic reality of a forgotten space. While on the one hand the pool summons memories of summer, tan lines, and sunscreen, it also exudes a sense of non-function buried underneath the overgrown grass. Perhaps we also feel the sadness of the artist’s attempt to construct one space to conjure the comforting memory of another.
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