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What Artists Listen To : An Art & Music Podcast

Jan 12, 2019

Born 1974 in Illinois 

Works in Los Angeles 


Kysa received her BFA from the Glasgow School of Art in Glasgow, Scotland. She has exhibited at, among other venues, The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Tang Museum, The DeCordova Museum, Dublin Contemporary, The Nicolaysen Museum, The Katonah Museum of Art, The Hudson River Museum, The 2nd Biennial of the Canary Islands, The National Academy of Science, Morgan Lehman Gallery, Von Lintel Gallery, Halsey McKay, and Roebling Hall. She is a NYFA fellow (2003) and Pollock Krasner Grant recipient (2010)


Kysa Johnson’s drawings, paintings and installations explore patterns in nature that exist at the extremes of scale.  Using the shapes of subatomic decay patterns, maps of the universe or the molecular structure of pollutants or of diseases and cures – in short, microscopic or macroscopic “landscapes” – it depicts a physical reality that is invisible to the naked eye. Often these micro patterns are built up to form compositions that relate to them conceptually. 


Blur - Tender :


Ratatat - 17 years :


MIA - Sunshowers :


Guided By Voices - Everywhere with Helicopter :


Goldfrapp - Happiness :


LCD Soundsystem - Losing My Edge :


Mogwai - Friend of the Night :


Mozart - Number 40 in G Minor, K 550 : I Molto Allegro :


Tame Impala - Let it Happen :


Celestial Choir - Stand on the Word (Larry Levin mix) :


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