Joshua Johnson’s latest paintings depict images derived from themes of rural life. Born and raised in Michigan before moving to New York, he often observed and participated in the traditions of hunting and farming. These works focus on the ritualized aspects of those activities, and represent them through a mediated filter. Produced with a hard-edged masking technique, many of these new paintings play between the boundaries of the expressionistic and delineated elements, often mirroring larger themes of conflict. The constructed, artificiality of the images eschews an idyllic naturalism and instead focuses on scenes which suggest violence and danger.