Art Uncovered -- Criminy Johnson | QRST

Premiere DateMar 20, 2012
00:00 Thomas Intro
01:36 Criminy Johnson Interview pt. 1
04:01 Eva Braun A Frames
07:19 Criminy Johnson Interview pt. 2
09:12 Blow Daddy o - Pere Ubu
12:27 Criminy Johnson Interview pt. 3
15:21 Rid of Me PJ Harvey
19:09 Criminy Johnson Interview pt. 4
20:49 September With Pete Woods
23:30 Criminy Johnson Interview pt. 5
25:42 Blam!! Swell Maps
29:10 Criminy Johnson Interview pt. 6
30:20 Too Many Creeps Bush Tetras
31:44 Criminy Johnson Interview pt. 7
32:52 George Feedtime
35:32 Criminy Johnson Interview pt. 8
37:24 Luke Vibert Thurston Moore
39:37 Finish

A Knot

My guest this week is painter and street artist Criminy Johnson. He has a new show of paintings up at The Active Space here in Bushwick called Dreaming Without Sleeping, curated by Robin Gearson. Criminy’s figurative paintings depict scenes of people and animals taken from his everyday experience and childhood memories. Human and animal characters are given equal weight in these paintings, and both are often rendered with unusually large, expressive eyes. In one painting a group of frogs stares at us from behind the glass of a tank.  The signage in the corner of the painting reveals that the amphibians are being sold as food, rather than pets. Another painting called, Formative Years, shows a young boy in ferocious hand to hand combat with a chicken. The boy chokes the bird as he’s held in its yellow talons. Dreaming Without Sleeping also features an eight-foot-tall wall mural in the style of Criminy’s wheatpasted street posters, which he makes under the name QRST.

I met up with Criminy at The Active Space in Bushwick to talk about his exhibition, how he began painting animals, and how his street art relates to his paintings. His exhibition is on view through April 20th.

Formative Years

Parke County

Stone Quarry




Host Thomas
Thomas grew up in Northern California where he fell in love with music and photography while going to punk shows and shooting skate photos. He photography in college, which may or may not qualify him to host an…