A mixed media artist based in Seattle, Eirik Johnson has exhibited his work at the likes of the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, the Museum of Contemporary photography in Chicago, and the Aperture Foundation in New York and collected numerous awards throughout his career. Along with commercial work for clients including GQ, New York Times Magazine, and Travel and Leisure, Johnson creates personal projects of note. In his latest series, Road to Nowhere, he followed the demise of Seattle’s Alaska Way Viaduct, documenting the last few days of the famous highway as it was, in his own words, “unwoven form the fabric of the city.”
A cinematic, Brutalist structure that ran along the waterfront edge of Seattle, the demolition of the structure left a scar along the city, altering history and shifting the perspective of an iconic view of Seattle. Recording its final days for posterity, Johnson’s images offer a visual reminder of the highway as it fades into the city’s collective history. See more of his work on his website.
Images © Eirik Johnson