Rashid Johnson has joined forces with Hauser & Wirth on a special fundraising initiative to mark Earth Day this year on 22 April. The edition will raise $100,000 for two charities, Art to Acres and 14+ Foundation.
Art to Acres is an initiative which support large-scale land conservation. In partnership with environmental non-profit Global Wildlife Conservation, which has matched the donation, this project will conserve cloud forest in Guatemala.
Rashid Johnson’s limited-edition print employs the repeated motif which featured in his Anxious Red series, which began as drawings made during and in reaction to the global lockdown. Through these archetypal faces, Johnson has captured the ‘life and death’ urgency of this moment.
Co-published by Hauser & Wirth and Brand X Editions, this print is the result of a creative collaboration between Rashid Johnson and master printers at Brand X Editions. Seen in this video for the first time, the print deftly uses a proprietary technique of silk screen resist with hand applied pigment to stunning results.
For ‘Ursula’ magazine, the actor, model and social-entrepreneur Lily Cole talks with Rashid Johnson in a wide-ranging conversation about creativity and sustainability. Cole is the author of the book, audiobook and podcast, ‘Who Cares Wins’, that focuses on environmental solutions in our changing world.
Born in Chicago in 1977, Rashid Johnson is among an influential cadre of contemporary American artists whose work employs a wide range of media to explore themes of art history, individual and shared cultural identities, personal narratives, literature, philosophy, materiality, and critical history. After studying in the photography department of the Art Institute of Chicago, Johnson’s practice quickly expanded to embrace a wide range of media – including sculpture, painting, drawing, filmmaking, and installation – yielding a complex multidisciplinary practice that incorporates diverse materials rich with symbolism and personal history.
Images: Rashid Johnson, Untitled Anxious Red, 2021 © Rashid Johnson. Courtesy the artist; Cloud forest in Guatemala conserved with the support of Hauser & Wirth donation. Photo: Dr. Christopher Jordan/Global Wildlife Conservation; Mwabwindo School, Zambia, Africa, Designed by Selldorf Architects, Student Uniforms by Studio One Eighty Nine; In process, Rashid Johnson, Untitled Anxious Red, 2021 © Rashid Johnson. Courtesy of Brand X Editions; Rashid Johnson, Artist's Studio, 2020 © Rashid Johnson. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Axel Dupeux; Installation image, 'Rashid Johnson. Waves', Hauser & Wirth London, 2020 © Rashid Johnson. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Alex Delfanne