WIG HEAVIER THAN A BOOT

poems by Philip Matthews &
photographs by David Johnson

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Grandmother's Trees (N.C. 036)
by David Johnson
Archival Pigment Prints, 24” x 30”, 2015.

 

Petal (N.C. 048)
by David Johnson
Archival Pigment Prints, 24” x 30”, 2015.

Fort 040
by David Johnson
Archival Pigment Prints, 24” x 30”, 2015.

N.C. 023
by David Johnson
Archival Pigment Prints, 24” x 30”, 2015.

N.C. 020
by David Johnson
Archival Pigment Prints, 24” x 30”, 2015.

N.C. 012
by David Johnson
Archival Pigment Prints, 24” x 30”, 2015.


Philip Matthews is a poet from eastern North Carolina whose practice anchors in site-specific meditation and performance.. He is the author of Witch (Alice James Books, forthcoming April 2020) and Wig Heavier than a Boot (Kris Graves Projects, October 2019). Individual poems have appeared in Poetry Northwest, Denver Quarterly, Connotation Press, and elsewhere. He is the recipient of fellowships and residencies from the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, the Peaked Hill Trust, Hemera Foundation, and Wormfarm Institute.

David Johnson is an artist, educator, and curator based in Iowa City, IA. He received an MFA in Visual Art from Washington University in St. Louis in 2007 and earned his BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Photography from Texas Christian University. In 2011, David was awarded the Great Rivers Visual Arts Award from the Gateway Foundation. This biennial award culminated with his 2012 exhibition institutional etiquette and strange overtones at the Contemporary Art Museum in Saint Louis. His photographs have been exhibited internationally, including the Contemporary Art Museum Saint Louis, Mildred Lane Kemper Museum, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, National Building Museum in Washington D.C. and Rathaus in Stuttgart, Germany. His work can be found in the collection at The Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago. Don’t Take Pictures, the Humble Arts Foundation, Lenscratch, Photo-emphasis and Fraction Magazine have featured his work online. David has curated exhibitions for Center of Creative Arts, Paul Artspace and the International Photography Hall of Fame and Museum in St Louis. Currently, Johnson is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Photography at the University of Iowa.