Michael Johansson’s’s stacked creations can be found taking refuge in the unnoticed empty spaces scattered throughout dense urban sprawl. Whether the works are packed between two buildings or piled into abandoned closets, archways, door jambs or windows, the artist carefully organizes disused objects to fill out the spaces perfectly. No slot goes unfilled, so the completed works form a perfectly harmonious patchwork of old boxes, electronics, dressers, trunks and office supplies. Using Tetris-like moves, he flips each pieces and moves them around until they fit perfectly.
The colorful, pristine installations defy entropy and clutter by making a place for everything (and setting everything in its place). By grouping the cast=off items together, Johansson creates an accidental narrative that ties the pieces together in a fantastical story.
In the gallery, Johansson’s Tetris-like sculptures are independent of supporting spaces, but just as impressive. Cubes of suitcases fit together like pieces of a Rubix Cube, forming mono-colored sculptures. Johansson translates and adapts his work from street to gallery, giving disused objects a highly organized new life.