PINTA MANTA: NEW COLLABORATIVE WORKS BY ELENA JOHNSTON AND WILLIAM CASHION + NEW WORK BY TRAVIS FOWL


Dare County Arts Council is thrilled to present PINTA MANTA, an experiential, multi-media art opening debuting new paintings by Baltimore-based artists Elena Johnston and William Cashion (also known as the bassist and co-founder of Future Islands) and new works by OBX local artist Travis Fowler.

About the Work:

Elena Johnston and William Cashion created the paintings presented in Pinta Manta working in tandem, employing creative strategies that prioritize setting, sound, elements of chance, and a sense of play.

In a cozy north Baltimore shed that serves as both Johnston’s visual-art studio and Future Islands’ practice space—pleasantly cluttered with tools of art and sound—the collaborators position canvases horizontal to the ground at waist height, each overseeing an opposite half. Working with a pre-determined color palette and drawing inspiration from playlists heavily stacked with Latin American and West African electronic and popular music of decades past, each artist makes strokes alternating between the deliberate and the impetuous—some even made without visual contact with the canvas.