Elephant Mountain Revisited, 2010/2017, ceramic and cerra colla, 85 x 23 x 3 inches.
Ian Johnston is an artist living in the traditional territory of the Sinixt in Nelson, BC, Canada. His heritage is German, Jewish, Irish, and English, and he studied architecture at Algonquin College and Carleton University in Ottawa and with the University of Toronto in Paris. He also spent five years working at the Bauhaus Academy in post-Berlin Wall Dessau, Germany. Johnston’s primary interest lies in the cycle of goods and he investigates through site-specific installations and sculpture how things we consume populate our daily lives, define relationships we have with each other and ultimately define social structures. His practice is an extensive reflection on consumerism and the ensuing waste production. His work has been shown nationally and internationally with exhibitions at MOCA Jacksonville, Florida, Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery, Oshawa, Kelowna Art Gallery and the Museum of Anthropology at UBC, Vancouver. Ian Johnston was awarded the NWCF Award of Excellence in 2009.