Linda K. Johnson (TBA:16 Guest Scholar) has been a professional dance artist based in Portland, Oregon for over 25 years. Over this quarter century of creative practice, she has taught, performed, created, curated, and produced extensively throughout the West Coast, influencing and forwarding the development of infrastructure (studios and dance programs), funding (support), and conceptual networks (information and training) for colleagues and students. An Oregon native, her concerns as an artist are social and environmental, and address our collective relationship to site, place and community. Since creating her first site-based, large-scale interdisciplinary performance in 1992, Johnson has gone on to author over 15 major works which have utilized Portland’s forests, urban intersections, waterways, derelict lots, neighborhoods, green spaces, parks, as well as formal spaces, as staging grounds for presentation. A recipient of the Oregon Arts Commission Individual Fellowship for Dance in 1999, Johnson’s work has been generously funded and commissioned by public, private and individual sources, and has received critical review in many venues, including Dance Magazine, Landscape Architecture, NPR/Living on Earth, and Metropolis Magazine. She has been awarded residencies at the Rauschenberg Artist Residency, Yaddo, Caldera, and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology to further the development of her creative work.
Johnson’s making and teaching are informed by her interest in improvisation, somatic practices, architecture, visual art, sustainability and beauty. A sought-after teacher by both professional movement artists and serious hobbyists, she has taught for extended periods as faculty or as a guest at Mills College (2009-2011), University of Oregon, Reed College, Lewis and Clark College, Portland State University, Jefferson High School, Oregon Ballet Theatre, Conduit and the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics. She is honored to be a custodian in perpetuity of Yvonne Rainer’s seminal postmodern work, Trio A, and has performed extensively as a soloist in works of her own, as well as works by Bebe Miller (Rain), Kristy Edmunds, and Stephanie Skura, among others. In 1995, she co-founded Conduit with Mary Oslund, and was the Director of Education for Oregon Ballet Theatre from 2000-05.
In 2008, she was the author, director and curator of the South Waterfront Artist-in-Residence Program, as well as the groundbreaking project, The City Dance of Lawrence and Anna Halprin, which was presented as part of PICA’s TBA:08. In 2011, she was honored to be one four featured artists in Dance: before, after, during, a first-of-its kind exhibition curated by Terri Hopkins at the Marylhurst Art Gym, which took as its subject the visual materials dance artists create/use while in the process of composing their work. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in Dance at Portland State University, and just completed setting the first ever mixed-ability translation of Trio A on the AXIS Dance Company in Oakland, CA. She is thrilled to be one of 12 featured female artists in the soon-to-be published monograph by Kris Timken – New Explorers, which features an introduction by art historian and writer, Lucy Lippard, and addresses landscape, feminism, and hybrid performance practice.
Johnson is the mother of a thriving 11-year old daughter, and a teacher of Contemporary Alexander Technique.