Drawing of Anai

Steven Johnson, Multitasking (2022). Charcoal, Graphite and Wax Pencil on Paper. 18 x 24 in.

Steven Anthony Johnson II (b. 1993, Baltimore, Maryland) is a draftsperson, interpretive archivist, writer and curator living in Brooklyn, NY. They hold an MFA from the New York Academy of Art and a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art. Utilizing the language of drawing, animation, and photo-documentary their work attempts to make peace between the religious, intellectual, and humanistic ideals in relation to Blackness and “Otherness” through multidisciplinary storytelling. Johnson’s work has recently been shown at The Armoury; New York, The International Studio and Curatorial Program (ISCP); New York, VAE Raleigh; North Carolina, Cooper Gallery; United Kingdom and others. Johnson has been in-residence at BRIClab, ISCP and Field Projects; New York, Inbreak; Los Angeles, and The Royal Drawing School; London and others.

Culminating in several self-contained but interlocking installments "Dear Beautiful Black Baby" is an ongoing drawing and soundbath-based archive championing scenes and histories in an effort to reframe the way we talk about Blackness, Queerness and the realities of Black Trans Parenthood.

About BRIClab

Contemporary Art is an interdisciplinary, community-oriented residency program that provides emerging and early-career artists with studio space and professional support to develop and advance their practice