Q: What do you think are the concerns about the environment and landscape in his work? Narrative? Do you see the influences of Magritte and Escher in his work? Name examples.
Erik Johansson’s work and his visual observations on the environment and landscape clearly expose his views. He shows his disappointment on how humanity is ruining the earth around us to create cities and easier approach for transportation. His pictures show his irritation with roads and how they are damaging the nature. By presenting this all through a naive perspective, he offers the idea that humanity does this with insensitivity, not really understanding how upsetting the consequences could be for the future of our planet. The artist portrays the idea of story in his edited pictures, by displaying that human’s will and can construct the landscapes around them. In the picture on the right, we see a young woman painting and ocean around her that melts into a real ocean. This interpretation shows us the human imagination and how people can create new worlds and new futures.
This piece on the left is a perfect admiration piece to Maurits Cornelis Escher’s self-portrait. Johansson is displaying it in a surrealist style. He modifies the picture to the point where it is a clear reference to Escher, but still an original piece, especially with the difference of the medium.
This piece on the left is a clear reference to René Magritte’s extraordinary surreal paintings with the bright blue sky as well as clouds in the background. It has a very noticeable color pattern that is found in Magritte’s paintings as well as it takes that solid surreal portion.