Claire Colette // Sept 9

Monument Eternal

Featuring: Claire Colette
Show runs September 9 – October 28, 2017
Reception: Saturday September 9th, 3-5pm

Press Release


“At dawn, sit at the Feet of Action.

At noon, be at the Hand of Might.

At eventide, be so big, that sky will 

learn Sky.”

-A. Coltrane-Turiyasangitananda

Johansson Projects presents, Monument Eternal, featuring Claire Colette’s ethereal brand of geometric abstraction inviting deep, meditative viewing. Borrowing its title from Alice Coltrane’s first book—which tells of her spiritual initiation, revelations, and austerities—Monument Eternal is a formal exploration of the human desire for transcendence. Interested in contemporary and esoteric creation myths and sacred architectures, Colette’s emotive linear paintings contemplate modern relationships with past civilizations and our own place in the universe. Informed by Colette’s interest in mystical traditions, science fiction, and physics, Monument Eternal concentrates on the history of sky worship, in both metaphysical and scientific practices. Utilizing a muted palette and intersecting planes, Colette depicts solar and lunar forms and ascending architectures, describing liminal spaces and otherworldly landscapes.

Claire Colette received her MFA in painting from Mills College (2013). Recent solo exhibitions include ‘Widening Circles,’ Hunter Shaw Fine Art, Los Angeles, CA (2017); ‘Ever/After,’ Berkeley Art Center, Berkeley, CA (2015); ‘Last Light Before A Long Night,’ Conduit Gallery, Dallas, TX (2014); ‘Small Moves in Strange Rooms,’ Eleanor Harwood Gallery, San Francisco, CA (2014). Colette’s work has been included in recent group exhibitions such as ‘Modern Hieroglyphics,’ Kopeikin Gallery, Culver City, CA (2017);  ‘Thick as Paper Thin,’ Brilliant Champions Gallery, Brooklyn, NY (2016); ‘Form Is Not Different From Function,’ Left Field Gallery, San Luis Obispo, CA (2016); ‘That’s My Trip,’ Joshua Liner Gallery, New York, NY (2015).