Andrew Ellis Johnson, “Spurious” (2018), gouache, wax, ink, graphite, and digital print on paper, 43.5 x 65.75 inches

Spurious

Just as Achilles, swift of foot though absent spear:

“I really believe I’d run in there even if I didn’t have a weapon.”

US President Donald John Trump

Just as Hermes, winged sandaled interpreter translates:

“I think he was just stating that as a leader, he would have stepped in and hopefully been able to help.”

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Discrepancies are aesthetic:

“You know, beautiful marble floor, didn’t look like it. It changed color. Became very red […] it’s just not my thing.”

US President Donald John Trump

It’s a bone spur kind of thing.

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Andrew Ellis Johnson

Andrew Ellis Johnson was born in Cortland, New York to a jazz guitarist, civil war historian father and science major mother who, together, won many bowling...