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The main theme of this exhibition is the investigation of the nature of visible language, which forms the core of Johnston’s work. As both artist and designer, he considers his work in these two fields to be separate parallel practices, each being informed and influenced by the other. His art works predominantly explore the slippery nature of language and its operations, and play with issues of meaning and representation. The exhibition also includes a selection of his commissioned design work, in particular publications for many leading artists and cultural institutions.
This captivating survey of footwear from the UC Davis Design Collection takes you on a global journey from as far away as Iran and India; to as close to home as Davis; and to many places in between. Ranging from the functional to the flamboyant, footwear provides a fascinating insight into different world cultures, and the obsession we have for how we adorn our feet.