Artworks, Silver Linings

Untitled (The 2020 Coexistence in Pandemic Peace Piece)

Chris Johanson, Untitled (The 2020 Coexistence in Pandemic Peace Piece)

Project Description

In the spirit of promoting and highlighting uplifting messages about connecting with and caring for one another during challenging times and beyond, Metro piloted a new series, Silver Linings. Local artists were commissioned to create original artworks that visualize and encourage expressions of connection and care. Artworks created for the series were reproduced for digital and print display in Metro’s transportation system to serve as reminders that acts of care, however large or small, are also essential and can be the silver lining on tough days.

These new artworks were featured as posters in Metro buses from December 2020 through July 2021.

Artist Statement

“Colors and visual rhythms speak to simultaneous individuality and co-existence. This snapshot of an upended, complex time holds pockets of joy and serenity.”

About the Artist

Portrait of Chris Johanson

CHRIS JOHANSON, based in Los Angeles and Portland, Oregon, engages with the meditative qualities of art-making and sincere direct communication through painting and sculpture using figuration and abstraction as expressions of his strong beliefs in environmentalism, compassion and peaceful co-existence. Johanson has exhibited widely in museums and galleries internationally over the past decades, as well as in important group exhibitions including the 2002 Whitney Biennial and a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles– Pacific Design Center.

On display February 2021 – May 2021