Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson (Greeley, US, 1939). Being the first artist mentioning “Minimalism” in relation to music composition in 1971, Tom Johnson’s work is a reference on the subject. Directing his partitions toward simplified forms, limited scales, and generally reduced materials, Johnson pushed the exercise towards the use of algorithmic patterns. Attentive to visuals, his 1979 “Nine Bells” was made for the player to move around an installation of nine bells suspended in a three by three square, with one bell in the centre. As Esther Ferrer’s husband, Johnson has been a first row witness of Fluxus and close acquaintance of Francesco Conz. The latter tried to buy Johnson’s used arm cast as they first met in the mid 1970s.

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