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Erika Johnson

One of the pleasures of the Nashville art scene in recent years has been watching Erika Johnson develop as an artist. This summer she left for Pittsburgh, and celebrated her departure with a show at Twist. She filled the gallery with odds and ends she accumulated over the years as part of the scavenger practice that goes into her installations. She invited people to take the items from the gallery, as long as you filled out a form explaining why. It was typical Erika stuff, letting you in on parts of her life but asking in return that you think about your own life. The night of the opening, she did a performance in which she gave away a few choice items: She provided a little story behind each piece, then picked people out from the audience and drew them deeper into the life represented by the objects. DAVID MADDOX

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