Exhibition Information About the Artists & Artworks
Wiley Johnson and Eduardo Lapetina: Through the Layers is part of a showcase of art exhibitions, performances, and experiences accompanying the Leadership Exchange in Arts and Disability Conference (LEAD®), which took place in Raleigh from August 1 – 5, 2022. The artworks are on display at Block Gallery, one of our City-owned galleries.
This exhibition brings together two North Carolina based artists who self-identify as having a disability. They each have different approaches to abstraction but have found a visual language through paint. For example, the rich thick layered colors of Eduardo Lapetina’s paintings are applied by pouring, scraping, dripping and other methods, create a complex surface texture. Meanwhile, Wiley Johnson has a more fluid approach to abstraction often allowing the previous layer of paint to show through transparent applications.
The title of this exhibition Through the Layers suggests more than just the use of paint and the complex surfaces created by these artists. Working as an artist with a disability, whether it be physical, cognitive, or invisible to others, informs the creative process and the artist experience. As viewers, we shouldn’t perceive this as an impediment to the art but as the culmination of a lived disability experience.
- When: August 1 through September 21, 2022, Mon-Fri, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m.
- Where: Block Gallery, 222 W. Hargett St. (inside Raleigh Municipal Building)
- Before visiting, please review the Raleigh Municipal Building rules
- Parking: Visitors can park in the Municipal Building Deck at 201 W Morgan St. Raleigh, NC 27601
- Cost: Free and open to the public
- Artworks are for sale, contact Stacy Bloom Rexrode for details
Wiley Johnson is a talented 37-year-old artist who has autism spectrum disorder. Wiley has no formal art training. He started painting as a hobby approximately 2009. Art became the way Wiley copes with the challenges of living with autism spectrum disorder, learning, and finding stable employment. He enjoys painting acrylic on canvas, abstract style, but also likes painting on recycled materials and small wooden crafts.
2020 was a year of transformation for Wiley from a hobbyist painter to an emerging artist. He had his first solo exhibition in January 2020 and was included in 4 juried exhibitions. Wiley was honored to have a solo exhibition with the Durham Art Guild March 2021 at the Golden Belt Gallery. He also had paintings exhibited in group exhibitions at Visual Art Exchange, the Block Gallery and Compass Rose Brewery in Raleigh, NC. in 2021.
Eduardo Lapetina is largely a self-taught artist and constantly experiments in his studio. He is a scientist turned artist after being diagnosed with two autoimmune diseases that warranted a career change. He has attended painting classes with Professor Kimowan McLain at the University of North Carolina and with painter Jane Filer at the ArtsCenter in Carrboro.
His ambition with his paintings is to use symbolic shapes and colors to express his deepest emotions and passion for life. His paintings also require layers upon layers of paint to create a sensuous and turbulent surface texture that is as vital and as complicated as life itself. It is not about any particular theme or motif; it is about effectively conveying the immaterial through materiality.